The S&P 500 is down more than -13 percent year-to-date, as inflation worries have begun to morph into recession fears. But despite jagged volatility, the Dow Jones Utility Average remains in the black for 2022. In fact, 18 CUI Portfolio stocks are still priced above maximum recommended entry points, with Chevron Corp (NYSE: CVX) in partial profit taking territory.
Dow Jones Utility Average returns are now more than 17 percentage points ahead of the S&P 500 year to date. And 21 CUI Portfolio members trade above my highest recommended entry points. But that also means, despite recent stock market turbulence, they’re still high-priced enough for readers to consider cashing out a portion of their positions.
Thus far, 2022 has been a series of jagged ups and downs for global stock markets, with most prices ratcheting lower. Regulated US utilities, however, have been staging a quiet rally.
As dominant providers of essential services, utilities enjoy a degree of revenue reliability in tough times that companies in other industries can only envy. We’re seeing that strength again in our recommendations’ recently reported Q4 results and guidance.
These days, the strongest players of a sector often soar and crash along with its weakest, depending on the latest investment fad. However, this also gives investors a historic opportunity to buy stocks of high-quality renewable energy adopters at very low prices.
The Obama Administration called its energy policy for America “all of the above,” promoting breakthrough research on cleaner sources while sanctioning unprecedented construction of needed infrastructure including pipelines. Trump clearly favored “drill baby drill” over new wind and solar. Under Biden, however, what we’ve seen for policy is often “none of the above.”
The eyes of the world are on fallout from Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. But energy investors would do well to instead check out my key takeaways from this week’s “U.S.-China Regional Dialogue Series: Forum on Innovation in Energy, the Environment and Sustainability.”
What exactly must the four companies that increasingly dominate US communications do to earn a little respect? That’s a fair question following investors’ tepid reaction to strong Q4 results and updated guidance.
With inflation again on the move, it’s fair to ask how vulnerable the Utilities sector is to another 70s-style meltdown.
It’s been more than four decades since the Hindenburg disaster slammed the brakes on the era of hydrogen-fueled dirigibles. But nature’s lightest element continues to capture the world’s imagination as a clean, plentiful and potentially cheap energy source.
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