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Algonquin Re-Sets: What’s Next

By Roger S. Conrad on Jan. 12, 2023

Algonquin Power & Utilities (TSX: AQN, NYSE: AQN) has re-set its common stock dividend and will try again to win Federal Energy Regulatory Commission approval for the acquisition of Kentucky Power from American Electric Power (NYSE: AEP).

What the Fed’s Latest Move Means for Income Seekers

By Roger S. Conrad on Nov. 3, 2022
It’s official: The Federal Reserve raised the target range for its Fed Funds rate to 3.75-4 percent. And accompanying “Fed speak” strongly implies more substantial increases ahead.

Dream Buys in the Dividend Stock Selloff

By Roger S. Conrad on Sep. 30, 2022

“Dream Buy” prices are levels of valuation that historically have been reached only under extremely bad market conditions. But provided underlying businesses stay strong, buyers there will realize windfall gains.

Wrapping up Q1 Results and Guidance: Steady as She Goes

By Roger S. Conrad on May. 13, 2022
Relentless global inflation pressures, rising interest rates, lingering pandemic fallout and still-high valuations are wreaking havoc on stock portfolios thus far in 2022. But after another week of jagged volatility, the Dow Jones Utility Average is still in the black year-to-date

Utility Bellwethers: Portents from Q1 Results

By Roger S. Conrad on Apr. 23, 2022

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.

How to Play Utilities’ Quiet Rally

By Roger S. Conrad on Mar. 25, 2022

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.

Holding Value in Volatile Times

By Roger S. Conrad on Feb. 25, 2022
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.

Mid-Summer Update: Business Momentum Picks up Steam

By Roger S. Conrad on Jul. 21, 2021
Our best in class utilities and essential services companies proved their resilience in pandemic-riddled 2020.

Utility Bonds: Navigating Risk in a Low Reward Market

By Roger S. Conrad on Apr. 20, 2021

With companies ramping up investment on everything from renewable energy to storage and grid upgrades, utilities will eventually come back to the debt market. I expect many will favor low-cost green bonds

5G Spectrum Auction Winners: Maybe Not Who You Think

By Roger S. Conrad on Mar. 15, 2021

The results are in for the most expensive wireless spectrum auction in US history. The question for the Big Two is whether their huge outlay will produce the revenue and cash flow to be worth it.

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