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Utility Roundup

Electricity Demand in the Time of COVID-19

By Roger S. Conrad on Mar. 28, 2020

It’s still early days for US COVID-19 fallout. And most electric companies have yet to issue guidance. But so far, the US power industry is showing typical resilience in tough times.

That means future selloffs in the ongoing bear market are buying opportunities for best in class electric utilities, not a reason to sell.

Mid-Month Update: Navigating a Deepening Selloff

By Roger S. Conrad on Mar. 21, 2020

I typically update advice in the Conrad’s Utility Investor website tables with the regular monthly issues. For urgent advice I send Alerts. If there’s a theme to expand on, I post an Income Insights or Utility Roundup.

These “interesting times,” however, require an update for the five tables under the Portfolios tab.

Utilities’ Big Mo Reverses At Last: Now What?

By Roger S. Conrad on Feb. 28, 2020

Economic uncertainty resulting from COVID-19 has shifted utilities’ momentum from positive to negative. And it’s clear we know little now about the ultimate damage to human health and economic growth. But big and sudden declines like this one have historically been followed by mighty rebounds, and huge rewards for those who’ve had the cash and fortitude to buy the right stocks at the bottom. 

Time to Sell NextEra Energy?

By Roger S. Conrad on Jan. 25, 2020

Utility stocks have picked up in 2020 where they left off in 2019. The Dow Jones Utility Average reached an all-time high of 934 this week. So long as investors crave yield, there’s a case the sector will reach higher ground - but this story also has a less savory side.

Hunting Bond Bargains in a Seller’s Market

By Roger S. Conrad on Jan. 14, 2020

About year ago, we pounded the table to buy selected high yield bonds. Since then, each of our recommendations has scored solid capital gains, while providing yields as high as 10 percent.

South Jersey Industries To Exit Maryland and More Utility M&A

By Roger S. Conrad on Dec. 13, 2019

The flow of mergers of entire utility companies has dried up, relative to the heady pace of a few years ago. But management teams are still finding plenty of assets to buy and sell.

Kinder Delivers in Q3, Other Midstream May Not

By Roger S. Conrad on Oct. 22, 2019

What we learn from sector-wide trends is not just key to investing in Kinder Morgan Inc (NYSE: KMI), but to the entire North American energy midstream sector.

Hunting the Hunter: Following Elliott’s Lead

By Roger S. Conrad on Oct. 12, 2019

How many companies can one private capital firm successfully take on all at once? Paul Singer’s Elliott Management seems determined to find out.

Keeping Global with an American Accent

By Roger S. Conrad on Sep. 26, 2019

The strong US dollar, worries about slowing global growth and disruption from uncertain politics and trade policy: That trio of entrenched trends continues to fuel investor appetites to “buy American,” dividend-paying stocks of US-based companies that generate all or mostly all of their sales within our borders.

Political Turmoil Creates Profit Opportunities

By Roger S. Conrad on Aug. 16, 2019

Despite good news, several essential services companies have seen a 10% drop so far in 2019. The reason: politics. Our view for some of them is investors are over-estimating risks and underpricing their strengths.

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