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Utility Stocks

Utility stocks are the ultimate investment for risk-averse investors seeking to create passive income streams via reliable dividends. Utility stocks can be an essential component of your portfolio as they will not only keep your income steady during dangerous economic times, they are usually the first to soar out of recessionary times.

The Utility Stocks archive below includes the latest commentary and analysis on the most important developments affecting the essential services sectors, including water, communications, energy, and other key infrastructure industries. Find out which utility stocks are poised to benefit from ongoing developments in the utility sector and which to avoid.

Be sure to also check out our free report, Dividend Blacklist: 6 Utility Stocks You Should Sell Today to find out if your dividend is in danger.

Reinventing an Asset Class

The Environmental Protection Agency's proposed carbon emissions rules on new coal power plants, if enacted, would force utility investors to place venture capitalist type bets on new energy technologies.

The Golden State and Distributed Power

California is setting more trends, as two pieces of recently passed legislation boost the solar cause in the state and around the US.

Southern Company: Time to Ask Some Tough Questions

Recent debt downgrades, continued cost overruns on new projects, and declining earnings on flat power demand raise serious questions about the utility's viability as an income investment.

After the Market’s Fall: The Fantastic Four

The sharp decline among dividend stocks since Federal Reserve Chief Ben Bernanke's late-May tapering comments has barely impacted these four utility stocks.

The Riches in Rags, Bones and Renewal

A record number of future coal plant retirements means billions for environmental clean-up companies.

In These Volatile Times, a Utility for Every Season

As global economies gyrate between potential inflation, deflation or even stagflation, these utility stocks can offer protection against the unexpected.

Utilities Sector Earnings Preview: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

The Fed's plan to taper its stimulus program has put the spotlight on corporate earnings growth as the new value driver, but investors may not like all they find in the utilities space.

The Carbon Revolution Returns

The Obama administration’s new climate initiative threatens to upset the established order and change energy utility valuations forever. We highlight the companies best positioned for this industry-sweeping shift.

Utilities Stocks: The Last Castles

Some utilities held their value remarkably well during the recent selloff, but perhaps not for the usual reasons some might assume.

Dividend Cuts and Other Unnatural Acts

The utilities industry must reinvent itself to remain a source of safety and stability for income investors.

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