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Investing Topics: Regulated Utilities

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.

Stamp of Approval

By Roger S. Conrad on Apr. 11, 2016
A transformative acquisition lands this former Aggressive Income Portfolio holding in the Conservative Income Portfolio.

The Case for Utility Stocks

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

Deals, Deals, Deals

By Roger S. Conrad on Mar. 14, 2016
We examine the latest mergers and acquisitions, including a rumored deal that makes a world of sense for both parties and a takeover that may or may not make it to the finish line.

Yield with a Growth Kicker

By Roger S. Conrad on Mar. 10, 2016
Investors usually buy utility stocks for their resilient underlying businesses and generous dividend yields—qualities that become even more appealing during times of economic uncertainty and market volatility. But some of our favorite, best-in-class names offer exposure to compelling growth stories that could drive significant outperformance in coming years.

The Sun is Setting on SolarCity Corp, But Renewable Energy is for Real

By Roger S. Conrad on Feb. 22, 2016
SolarCity Corp continues to lose more money with each incremental sale. Meanwhile, electric utilities can leverage their low cost of capital, existing customer relationships and ability to recover capital expenditures in rate base to spur adoption of renewable energy.

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.

New Year, Time-Tested Strategy

By Roger S. Conrad on Jan. 11, 2016
By most measures, last year was a difficult time for income-seeking investors, as anticipation of the Federal Reserve’s first rate hike since 2006 weighed on sentiment toward dividend-paying stocks. Here’s our strategy for 2016.

Kind of a Big Deal

By Roger S. Conrad on Jan. 11, 2016
After closing a big deal, this Northeast utility has the financial wherewithal and opportunity set to drive annual dividend growth of 10 percent in coming years.

Quality on Sale

By Roger S. Conrad on Dec. 6, 2015
This electric utility hiked its quarterly dividend by 8.2 percent--and there's more upside to come.

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