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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.

Anxious Investors Throw Out the Good With the Bad

Ignore the market turmoil and focus on what really matters: a company’s ability to support its dividend, while maintaining a strong balance sheet and investing in future growth.

Ma Bell’s Big Switch

AT&T hopes to retire its copper network and convert those customers to broadband. The question is whether federal regulators will go along with its plan.

Beyond Sandy: Utilities Pick Up the Pieces

Following the ravages of Hurricane Sandy, we examine how utilities have performed in restoring essential services to hard-hit areas.

Sprint’s Desperate Move to Boost Its Flagging Operations

The beleaguered wireless carrier hopes a potential infusion of overseas capital will help it address its debt burden and keep up with competitors.

The Housing Recovery Bodes Well for Utilities

As the nascent recovery in the housing market gains momentum, it will boost demand for utilities, which will flow through to their rate base--and eventually their stocks.

Solid Income in Unstable Times

Not all dividend-paying stocks are bulwarks against market turmoil. Income-oriented investors need to be highly selective.

How Utilities Cope with Weather-Related Disasters

Last week’s Derecho knocked out power to millions of customers across 10 states, requiring a massive effort on the part of utilities to restore power. But how much of a threat do such disasters typically pose to a utility’s bottom line?

How to Build Long-Term Wealth From Volatility

Although income-oriented investors often bemoan market volatility, a systematic approach to building positions during downturns enhances both income and total return.

Dividend Investors: Don’t Worry About Europe, Keep an Eye on China

Although most of the financial media is fixated on the European debt crisis, income investors should pay close attention to China. That’s because a strengthening Chinese economy will bolster markets along with dividend-paying names.

The Key to Monitoring a Company’s Vulnerability

Until the European debt crisis calms, investors must monitor their holdings for any worrisome changes that could undermine a company's ability to endure a dangerous macro environment. Here's how to assess a company's vulnerability to the European contagion.

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