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Verizon Communications: Steady Growth at the Top of Telecom

By Roger S. Conrad on Mar. 10, 2020

Verizon Communications (NYSE: VZ) expects its revenue growth to accelerate to “mid single digits” in 2020 from last year’s 0.8 percent. That’s based on three drivers.

First is continuing Q4’s favorable trends in wireless and broadband customer additions. The second is accelerating growth in business revenue, as advanced services adoption speeds up with 5-G. And the third is stabilized media services sales, following recent streamlining.

Comcast Corp: Business Model on Target

By Roger S. Conrad on Feb. 10, 2020

Intense competition, hefty capital spending needs and erratic regulation have made the communications sector an investment minefield. But Conservative Holding Comcast Corp (NSDQ: CMCSA) remains a model of consistency, adding new business while growing cash flow and dividends.

Edison International: High Quality at a Discount

By Roger S. Conrad on Jan. 12, 2020

In February 2018, I recommended Edison International (NYSE: EIX) as a new Aggressive Holding. Shares had taken just a big hit on concern the company would be held liable for billions in 2017 wildfire damages under the state’s “inverse condemnation” law.

South Jersey Industries: Regulated Franchise at a Reasonable Price

By Roger S. Conrad on Dec. 9, 2019

After a decade as the primary focus of utility M&A, regulated assets don’t come cheap. But when a high flyer drops back to a good entry point, we jump. And that’s now the case for natural gas distributor South Jersey Industries (NYSE: SJI).

Big Midstream for Growth and Income

By Roger S. Conrad on Nov. 11, 2019

Sustainability worries about North American shale oil and gas production, governance concerns and an ugly half-decade of dividend cuts convinced many investors to flee the midstream energy sector and never look back.

Chevron Corp: Safe Bet on Energy Convergence

By Roger S. Conrad on Oct. 7, 2019

Outside of regulated utilities, no group of companies has demonstrated greater long-term resilience than super oils like Top 10 DRIP Chevron Corp (NYSE: CVX). That’s still true despite what many consider their greatest challenge yet: Global decarbonization.

Pembina Pipeline: Building Midstream Growth the Safe Way

By Roger S. Conrad on Sep. 8, 2019

Over the past 15 years, Conservative Holding Pembina Pipeline Corp (TSX: PPL, NYSE: PBA) has endured two wholesale depressions in Alberta’s energy patch—and the Canadian government’s death sentence on its former income trust structure.

Exelon Corp: Back to its Utility Roots

By Roger S. Conrad on Aug. 5, 2019

In summer 2013, Exelon Corp (NYSE: EXC) cut its quarterly payout from 52.5 cents to 31 cents per share. The 41 percent reduction was a tacit admission that no US carbon tax would save the nation’s largest nuclear power fleet from falling wholesale electricity prices.

BCE Inc: Time to Pick Up Some of Canada’s Telecom King

By Roger S. Conrad on Jul. 5, 2019

Communications has been a tough business throughout North America for years. But Conservative Holding BCE Inc (TSX: BCE, NYSE: BCE) has consistently gained revenue and market share. The company today operates Canada’s Best in class network on the verge of 5-G adoption.

Take Another Look at Old Ma Bell

By Roger S. Conrad on Jun. 9, 2019

From its humble beginnings as the old Southwestern Bell, AT&T Inc (NYSE: T) emerged from the competitive free-for-all following 1996 deregulation as one of America’s big two telecoms. And revenues, earnings and dividends have risen consistently ever since.



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