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Picks and Pans for Second Half 2019

By Roger S. Conrad on Jul. 5, 2019

So far, this has been a very good year to buy and hold utility stocks. The Dow Jones Utility Average including dividends returned 15.4 percent in the first half of the year.

Our 2019 picks from the January article did even better with an 18 percent average total return. That beat our pans’ 6 percent return by a 3-to-1 margin.

As the table “2019 Picks and Pans” highlights, much of that outperformance came from crackups in several of the pans, which more than offset a couple of big gains I did not expect.

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