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Stocks To Watch

By Roger S. Conrad on Mar. 31, 2014

Every portfolio has winners and losers. The key is knowing when to let the best performers run, and cut the worst loose.

Electricity Growth: Look To Industry

By Roger S. Conrad on Mar. 24, 2014

The resulting 99.1 percent boost in fourth quarter revenue wasn’t enough to answer several nagging questions about SolarCity’s long-run sustainability as an enterprise.

Emerging Market Retreat: 4 Reasons We’re Staying Put

By Roger S. Conrad on Jan. 27, 2014

Fourth quarter and full-year earnings normally dominate the news this time of year. And rightly so: They’re what ultimately shape shareholder returns.

Utility Update: New Year Review

By Roger S. Conrad on Jan. 6, 2014

The Conrad’s Utility Investor Portfolios officially launched on July 31, 2013. Since that time, the Dow Jones Utility Average is off -2.3 percent, including dividends paid.

My Aggressive Income Portfolio is up by 9.3 percent, while the Conservative Income Portfolio has returned 3.3 percent.

Utility Update: Don’t Fear the Sun

By Roger S. Conrad on Dec. 30, 2013

US electric utilities have enthusiastically embraced renewable energy the past few years. That includes companies that have traditionally relied heavily on fossil fuels and nuclear energy.

Utility Update: Good News For Good Stocks

By Roger S. Conrad on Dec. 23, 2013

Will Santa Claus visit utility stock investors this year? The sector was out of the gate quickly to start the fourth quarter of 2013. But concerns about the “tapering” off of Federal Reserve bond buying quickly slowed things down.

Utility Update: Don’t Fear Rates’ Rise

By Roger S. Conrad on Dec. 11, 2013

Fear of rising interest rates again appears to be triggering selling of utility stocks. I’ve shown over and again that the sector’s so-called interest rate sensitivity is a false relationship over any recent period longer than a few weeks. Consequently, lower prices should be viewed as a buying opportunity for recommended stocks.

Utility Update: AmeriGas Reports, ONEOK Spins

By Roger S. Conrad on Nov. 26, 2013

Shares of transmission line operator ITC Holdings (NYSE: ITC) have dropped more than 14 percent from the all-time highs reached in early November. The immediate catalyst: A group of industrial users have demanded the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission cut its allowed returns.

Utiilties: Focusing on the Positive

By Roger S. Conrad on Oct. 14, 2013

Utilities and other providers of essential services are proven survivors of even the worst market debacles. As the 2008 market crash showed, the sector takes hits with the rest of the stock market.

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