Roger S. Conrad needs no introduction to individual and professional investors, many of whom have profited from his decades of experience uncovering the best dividend-paying stocks for accumulating sustainable wealth.
Roger built his reputation with Utility Forecaster, a publication he founded more than 20 years ago that The Hulbert Financial Digest routinely ranked as one of the best investment newsletters. He’s also a sought-after expert on master limited partnerships (MLP) and former Canadian royalty trusts.
In April 2013, Roger reunited with his long-time friend and colleague, Elliott Gue, becoming co-editor of Energy & Income Advisor, a semimonthly online newsletter that’s dedicated to uncovering the most profitable opportunities in the energy sector.
Although the masthead may have changed, readers can count on Roger to deliver the same high-quality analysis and rational assessment of the best dividend-paying utilities, MLPs and dividend-paying Canadian energy names.
NextEra Energy (NYSE: NEE) was the first major mover in American renewable energy—forging relationships across the country with prospective customers, local governments and suppliers years ahead of the competition en route to building its current 65 gigawatt capacity operating portfolio. And the company is set to continue that dominance, coming off a record year of 8 GW of new contracts and 5 GW start ups despite supply chain challenges. The Florida Power & Light utility is developing what management calls a 160 GW solar, storage and hydrogen opportunity over the next 20 years. And unregulated NextEra Energy Resources has $71 billion total assets, 30 GW of generation and a backlog of signed contracts for 19 GW more.
The stocks in each portfolio all have the fundamental objective to build wealth. But they’re set up to do it in different ways.
Fortum OYJ (Finland: FORTUM, OTC: FOJCF) is breaking its annual dividend for calendar 2023 into two semi-annual payments for April and October. The total of 91 Euro cents is an effective 20 percent cut from 2022’s annual payment of EUR1.14 per share. Management telegraphed a reduction late last year, when the largesse of the German government allowed it to escape the meltdown of Uniper SE. The company ultimately exited the power generation company and energy retailer it had spent years pursuing with a loss of roughly EUR6 billion.
No doubt about it: The so-called culture war has spread to energy. And as a result, pretty much everyone has an opinion on complex challenges that have historically been left to engineers, physicists and finance guys. The inevitable result: There are literally voices attacking every available energy resource. And from the basic economics of various energy sources to environmental impact it’s all seemingly up for debate.
Four more Conrad’s Utility Investor portfolio companies have now reported their Q4 results and updated guidance and all of them generally affirmed longer-term earnings growth guidance.
The S&P 500’s nearly 9 percent year-to-date return and the resilient labor market are raising hopes the US will avoid a recession and deeper slide for stocks this year. I’m not entirely convinced.
Inflation remains untamed and the Federal Reserve will keep pushing interest rates higher to rein it in. And Q1 results we’ve seen so far show pressure on earnings, including some essential services companies.
Mexico’s Peso is up almost 9 percent against the US dollar since the beginning of 2022. That’s as the US Dollar Index (DXY) is up 8 percent, and has gained even more against the Euro and other developed world currencies. The Peso’s strength has made Aggressive Holding America Movil (Mexico: AMXL, NYSE: AMX) a sector outperformer over the past year.
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