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Portfolio Strategy: What to Watch in Q2 Results

By Roger S. Conrad on Jul. 10, 2020

Q2 earnings reporting season is coming up fast. And while no one is projecting blockbuster gains, certain baseline expectations must be met, and preferably beaten. Regulated utilities with posted earnings guidance offer the easiest benchmarks for gauging progress. Those updating in the past month offer the best odds of avoiding nasty surprises, always key to dodging downside.

Rising Markets and Higher Risks

By Roger S. Conrad on Jun. 9, 2020

Stocks’ recovery since late March looks a lot more like a “V” than it did a month ago. And after breaking through resistance this month, the S&P 500 is now just 6.3 percent from making a new all-time high.

Utility stocks have also perked up lately. As a group, they’ve lagged since mid-April. Nonetheless, we’ve seen some spectacular recoveries among Portfolio holdings.

Portfolio Strategy: Informing Strategy with Results

By Roger S. Conrad on May. 11, 2020

Most CUI Portfolio stocks have run in place since the April issue. But the past month has been far from uneventful, with 34 of 38 recommended companies reporting their first results and guidance updates since COVID-19 fallout hit the scene.

Dividend Investing in Dangerous Times

By Roger S. Conrad on Apr. 13, 2020

Since the March issue, I’ve sent Conrad’s Utility Investors readers three action Alerts. Throw in the three Income Insights and two Utility Roundups and that’s quite a bit of extra homework.

Some Buys Emerge But Valuations Still High

By Roger S. Conrad on Mar. 10, 2020

A sharp run up to new all-time highs, followed by a steep one-week plunge that’s leveled off for now between the high and low: That’s where the Dow Jones Utility Average has travelled since the February issue posted.

Bellwethers: Informing Strategy with Earnings

By Roger S. Conrad on Feb. 10, 2020

n the early stages of a bull market, it doesn’t matter so much when you buy but what. The key is load up on high quality stocks that are weathering the relevant economic and sector stress test.

Portfolio Strategy for a (Likely) More Challenging Year

By Roger S. Conrad on Jan. 12, 2020

In investing, it’s common for good years to follow good years, and great years often follow average or poor ones. But historically great years like what we’ve just enjoyed at Conrad’s Utility Investor rarely if ever come back to back.

Seeking Loaded Laggards

By Roger S. Conrad on Dec. 9, 2019

Only four of the 21 current Conservative Holdings trade below our maximum recommended entry point. That’s counting new addition and this month’s conservative focus stock South Jersey Industries (NYSE: SJI).

Earnings Point to Opportunity

By Roger S. Conrad on Nov. 11, 2019

US/China trade deal optimism has gained steam this month. That’s pushed up the yield on the 10-year Treasury bond to its highest level since late July. And the result has been a mini-sector rotation out of many dividend-paying stocks.

Managing Profits in a Late Stage Bull Market

By Roger S. Conrad on Oct. 7, 2019

There are about three months remaining in 2019, and much can still happen. But up to now, it’s been a quite profitable year for Conrad’s Utility Investor Portfolios.



Roger S. Conrad needs no introduction to individual and professional investors, many of whom have profited from his decades of experience uncovering the best dividend-paying stocks for accumulating sustainable wealth. Roger b