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Regulators: Still Supporting Utilities’ Growth Despite the Noise

By Roger S. Conrad on Nov. 13, 2023

This fall, utility stocks faced their worst selling pressure in years. That’s now eased up for one major reason: The much predicted and feared sector-wide earnings Armageddon never happened. Rather, Q3 results and guidance show plainly that companies are adapting successfully to everything from rising labor costs and pressure on customers’ finances to the likelihood of higher for longer interest rates. Utilities’ resilience obviously surprised most of Wall Street. Just before NextEra Energy (NYSE: NEE) kicked off earnings reporting in late October, a prominent research house asked the question many had already answered for themselves in the affirmative: “Will Rates Dethrone Rate Base Growth?”

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