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Telecom Values and Value Traps

By Roger S. Conrad on May. 6, 2018

Strong business fundamentals, low measures of standard valuation and a generally weak technical picture: Those are the basic traits of a “value” stock, known in some circles as a contrarian bet.

How Currencies Count This Year

By Roger S. Conrad on Apr. 15, 2018
Think foreign exchange rates don’t matter in today’s interconnected world of passive strategies and ETFs? Think again.

Keeping Our Bearings with Quality Grades

By Roger S. Conrad on Apr. 13, 2018
What’s the best way to stay on top of a volatile stock market, where a new threat seems to come out of left field every day? Make sure you own shares of high-quality companies that pay dividends.

Down, But Not Out

By Roger S. Conrad on Apr. 11, 2018
Despite a down first quarter, market history is on the Dow Jones Utility Average's side.

Don’t Fret the Fed, There’s More to Worry About

By Roger S. Conrad on Mar. 23, 2018
This week, the US Federal Reserve raised the Fed Funds rate to a range of 1.5 to 1.75 percent. Does this mean it’s time for income investors to head for the hills? Hardly.

Trumponomics: Six Observations for Income investors

By Roger S. Conrad on Mar. 10, 2018
Whether you support or oppose President Trump’s economic policies, they’re undeniably bold. Already we’ve seen unprecedented fiscal stimulus for an economic expansion this long-lived, the rollback of years of business regulation and the biggest push for trade protections since Smoot-Hawley.

Opportunity Knocks

By Roger S. Conrad on Mar. 5, 2018
The Dow Jones Utility Average hasn’t revisited its Feb. 9 low thus far. But the index is still down almost 15 percent from the all-time high reached in mid-November. Weakness in income-oriented equity groups reflects the pullback in the overall market and fears of rising interest rates. However, at these levels, very few high-quality names in our Utility Report Card remain at unsustainably high valuations and only six of our Model Portfolio holdings trade above our value-based buy targets—a stark contract to only a few months ago. Fourth-quarter results and earnings guidance also underscore that tax reform will provide more of a longer-term tailwind for the utility sector than a near-term headwind. Developments on the regulatory front have also been positive, with Duke Energy Corp (NYSE: DUK) settling its rate amicably and the Texas Public Utility Commission finally approving Sempra Energy’s (NYSE: SRE) takeover of Oncor Electric Delivery. By and large, utilities and the other essential-service companies in our coverage universe reported solid earnings and issued encouraging guidance. Bottom Line: The stocks will only fall so far as weakness in the market and interest rate fears pull them. Although the recent pullback has weighed on our overall returns, investors who followed our lead and took partial profits over the summer should have plenty of dry powder at their disposal.

Time to Buy, Judiciously 

By Roger S. Conrad on Mar. 5, 2018
The pullback in utility stocks has weighed on our overall returns, but this retrenchment means that all but a small handful of our Portfolio holdings trade below our buy targets. Investors who followed our lead and took partial profits over the summer should have plenty of dry powder.

02/06/18: Stay Disciplined

By Roger S. Conrad on Feb. 6, 2018
From peak to trough, the Dow Jones Utility Average has give up more than 16 percent of its value during the recent selloff. Many of our Portfolio holdings trade below our buy targets, but none of our picks have dipped below the dream prices highlighted in the February issue of Conrad’s Utility Investor.

Where Do We Go from Here?

By Roger S. Conrad on Feb. 4, 2018
Volatility creates opportunity. We review our three-part investment strategy for the current market.

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