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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.

Utility CEOs: Who’s Got the Right Stuff?

A review of firms' strategy presentations at a recent industry conference reveals which utility execs may be best positioned to deliver long-term shareholder value.

Energy Storage: On the Edge of Tomorrow

California's new mandates for utility-scale battery technologies could hasten the power industry's evolution, creating new investment opportunities.

The Short and Long of Exelon

Clean as its generation portfolio is, “The President’s Utility” continues to suffer due to lower natural gas prices’ impact on the wholesale market rather than thrive due to the prospect of new regulations on greenhouse gas emissions by power producers.

World War Z Economy: Is That a Zombie in Your Portfolio?

How to identify real earnings growth at utilities, while protecting against Federal Reserve stimulus, overvalued markets, and other monstrous factors that can mask real performance.

EPA GHG Effort to Get Supreme Court Review

It’s a significant step in the regulatory and legal process. But the high court will let key determinations--including the environmental regulator’s “endangerment finding” with regard to greenhouse gases--stand.

Globe-Trotting for Growth, Income and Protection

Emerging markets can offer investors badly needed diversification from uncertain trends in the US economy, while bolstering income investors' existing utility holdings.

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.

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