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Transitioning from Oil to Solar Power

By Roger S. Conrad on Jul. 9, 2014

Thanks to the rapid development of renewable energy and the support of state regulators, this utility has moved to break its addiction to imported oil, setting the stage for higher profits over the long term and lower bills for consumers.

Key Themes for Utility Investors

By Roger S. Conrad on Jul. 9, 2014

With valuations elevated in the utility sector, investors should pay close attention to the risks and opportunities created by four key themes.

From Laggard to Leader

By Roger S. Conrad on Jun. 6, 2014

Hedgeye and Barron's called Kinder Morgan Energy Partners LP and its general partner, Kinder Morgan Inc. a "house of cards."  Richard Kinder, the partnership's Chairman and CEO, responded, "I'll buy, you sell and we'll see who's right."  Since then, this diversified owner of fee-based midstream assets has beaten its own first-quarter guidance, turning the market and burning the critics.

Finding Value in a Higher-Priced Market

By Roger S. Conrad on Jun. 6, 2014

Our Portfolios are a mixed bag in terms of their underlying businesses and growth drivers. But our holdings are on track for solid earnings and dividend growth over the long haul. These names don’t respond uniformly to changing business conditions or short-term market moves so diversification is key to reduce volatility.

Four Holds and a Sell

By Roger S. Conrad on Jun. 6, 2014

Four of the holdings in our Endangered Dividends List still have potential upside, but a questionable acquisition by one propane distributor rates a sell call.

Summer of Opportunity

By Roger S. Conrad on Jun. 6, 2014

Although the S&P 500 Utility Index has outperformed every other economic sector in the S&P 500 this year, disciplined investors have ample opportunity to lock in above-average yields on some of our favorites.

Solid Results and Low Expectations Drive Returns

By Roger S. Conrad on May. 2, 2014

By and large, our favorite utilities and other essential-service providers have announced solid first-quarter results, while the market’s low expectations provides a blessing in disguise.

Strong Earnings Promise Outsized Returns

By Roger S. Conrad on May. 2, 2014

Rising dividends are the essential fuel for higher stock prices. And nothing is more critical for payout growth than healthy, expanding businesses.

Verizon Communications: Number One and Priced for Less

By Roger S. Conrad on May. 2, 2014

America’s leading wireless company grew its earnings per share by 23.5 percent from year-ago levels, expanded its wireless margins to 52.1 percent from 50.4 percent, increased its revenue per customer by 6.3 percent and generated $2.95 billion in free cash flow. 

Exelon Gets a Boost from Pepco Deal

By Roger S. Conrad on May. 2, 2014

Not one of the hundreds of regulated utility mergers over the past century has failed to create a stronger, healthier company. Despite skepticism in some quarters, Exelon Corp’s (NYSE: EXC) $6.8 billion purchase of Pepco Holdings (NYSE: POM) is also set for success.



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