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Investing Topics: Electric Utilities

SolarCity and Tesla Motors: Steer Clear of These Kissing Cousins

By Roger S. Conrad on Jul. 21, 2016
The proposed combination of SolarCity and Tesla Motors amounts to little more than a bailout of the fatally flawed renewable-energy company.

Post-Earnings Strategy Session

By Roger S. Conrad on May. 8, 2016
We review our investment strategy in light of our macro outlook and key takeaways from first-quarter earnings.

Stay Focused

By Roger S. Conrad on May. 8, 2016
The recent rally in utility stocks has pushed valuations to elevated levels and lowered dividend yields. We explain our strategy for navigating this environment.

More Deals on the Horizon for Exelon?

By Roger S. Conrad on Apr. 19, 2016
Exelon Corp finally closed its acquisition of Pepco Holdings. Could another deal be in the utility's future?

Electric Vehicles, Electric Utilities, Yieldcos and Junk Bonds

By Roger S. Conrad on Apr. 12, 2016
The hubbub surrounding the unveiling of Tesla Motors’ Model S has resulted in a bumper crop of articles about the ascendancy of electric vehicles and reduced demand for fossil fuels. These headlines attract eyeballs, but they don’t necessarily shed light on the best opportunities for investors who want to profit from the long-run success of electric vehicles.

Three-Step Investment Program for a Choppy Market

By Roger S. Conrad on Apr. 11, 2016
With utility stocks trading at frothy valuations, investors should consider taking some profits off the table in their big winners and exiting any higher-risk names to raise dry powder for future buying opportunities.

The Case for Utility Stocks

By Roger S. Conrad on Mar. 22, 2016
Utility stocks offer exposure to underappreciated growth drivers.

Buckle Up for Outperformance: Four Big-Yield Utility Stocks with a Growth Kicker

By Roger S. Conrad on Feb. 10, 2016
With the US and global economies softening and credit markets tightening, a company’s relative cost of capital can determine whether it’s a winner or a loser.

In the Land of Infrastructure, Capital is King

By Roger S. Conrad on Feb. 7, 2016
With the US and global economies softening and credit markets tightening, a company’s relative cost of capital can determine whether it’s a winner or a loser.

New Year, Same Challenges

By Roger S. Conrad on Jan. 11, 2016
For the 39th time since 1969, the Dow Jones Utilities Average rallied in the fourth quarter. But this upside didn’t prevent the benchmark from finishing the year with a 3.1 percent loss, the index’s first negative return after a positive January since 1987. Fortunately, the primary catalyst for the loss—uncertainty about when the Federal Reserve would start raising interest rates—no longer exists. And just like the beginning of the 2004-06 tightening cycle, utility stocks have gained ground despite weakness in the broader market. But last year’s challenges remain in play for 2016. Energy prices have yet to find a bottom. Non-investment grade debt has become crushingly expensive to refinance, tightening capital markets for all but the strongest companies. Emerging markets continue to struggle. And any international currency not pegged to the US dollar find itself under pressure. The Quality Grades for the 214 essential-service companies tracked in our Utility Report Card provide insight into the spectrum of risk and help investors to avoid the riskiest names.

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