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Don’t Sweat October Volatility

By Roger S. Conrad on Oct. 15, 2014

Weakness in Exelon and other names with exposure to the wholesale power market meant that the Dow Jones Utilities Average didn’t surpass its early 2008 high for several years.

Nevertheless, the majority of utilities and other dividend-paying equities had rallied to higher levels within a year of the stock market’s March 2009 bottom.

Over the long haul, healthy underlying businesses that generate reliable cash flow to sustain and grow dividends separate the wealth builders from the pretenders.

Investors should regard the market’s recent selloff as an opportunity to establish or add to positions in our favorites. Remember this advice if the market gets even wilder and woollier this October.

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