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Investing Topics: Utility Stocks

Keep an Eye on November Elections

By Roger S. Conrad on Jul. 4, 2018
For most people, November elections are about which party will control the House of Representatives and the US Senate. That’s important. But for regulated utilities, the most critical outcomes are always the state and local races.

A Rare 9 Percent Yield With Safety Credentials

By Roger S. Conrad on May. 6, 2018
For the first year since 2005, propane distributor Amerigas Partners (NYSE: APU) didn’t raise its quarterly distribution. Rather than a sign of weakness, however, management’s decision secures the already generous 9 percent plus yield and may have set the stage for shares to break out of an 8-years plus trading range.

Compelling Opportunities For Dangerous Times

By Roger S. Conrad on May. 6, 2018

Depending on what you own, this might not feel like much of a rally. But the Dow Jones Utility Average closed this week up nearly 10 percent from its early February lows. And while the Average is still nearly -10 percent below the all-time high reached in mid-November, at three months and counting the uptrend is getting investors’ attention.

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.

Pre-Issue Earnings Edition

By Roger S. Conrad on May. 1, 2018
Nearly four-dozen companies in our coverage universe have reported their calendar first quarter earnings since our last Utility Roundup. See the Utility Report Card for updated comments, payout ratios, Quality Grades, trading advice and other information.

Utility Bidding Wars Heat Up

By Roger S. Conrad on Apr. 28, 2018
Many investors have been turned off by AES Corp's expansive operations in volatile emerging markets, but now its shares have the wind at their back.

Bargain Hunters, Mount Up!

By Roger S. Conrad on Apr. 13, 2018
The utility sector and other essential-service stocks have come under pressure from several headwinds this year, resulting in a less-than-stellar performance for our model portfolios. On the plus side, bargains abound for savvy investors.

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.

Dominant Down Under and Cheap Again

By Roger S. Conrad on Apr. 13, 2018
This Australian energy giant has reaped the rewards of climbing natural-gas prices while continuing to invest in the future.

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.

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