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After a Hot Start, Stay Cool

By Roger S. Conrad on Apr. 8, 2019

It’s been decades since utility stocks started a year this fast. But while the Dow Jones Utility Average’s 10 percent plus first quarter return is certainly preferable to what we saw last year, we suspect that staying cool after 2019’s hot start will prove critical as the rest of the year unfolds.

Here are a few takeaways from the performance of our three portfolios: Aggressive Holdings, Conservative Holdings and Top 10 DRIPs

First, out of a combined 38 stocks, only one is underwater so far in 2019. That’s Clearway Energy (NYSE: CWEN), which committed the cardinal sin of cutting its dividend. As noted in the March issue, there’s no reason to expect management will fail to restore the old rate in the next couple years, increasing it thereafter by 5 to 8 percent a year.

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