Fourth quarter and full-year earnings normally dominate the news this time of year. And rightly so: They’re what ultimately shape shareholder returns.
AT&T Inc (NYSE: T) was the only Conrad’s Utility Investor Portfolio pick to report numbers last week. Takeaway one is quite positive: The results followed closely those of arch-rival and co-Big Two US communications company Verizon Communications (NYSE: VZ).
Telefonica’s woes can be squarely blamed on aggressive global expansion right up to the great crash of 2008. Revenue growth in Latin America has offset shrinking in Spain and elsewhere in Europe but the Continent’s credit crunch has forced the company to sell assets to reduce its debt load, even as its credit rating has been cut. But things are looking up.
The book is now almost closed on calendar first quarter 2013 earnings for my 45 Target List stocks. Utilities and other essential services stocks had a big run to start 2013. As a result, several target list companies have surged well beyond what I’d pay for them. Have a look at my current advice.
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