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Investing Topics: Utility Stocks

Distinguishing the Buys from the Sells

By Roger S. Conrad on Jun. 12, 2017
Despite lofty valuations in the utility sector, 16 of our Portfolio holdings still trade below our buy targets. We highlight some of our favorite opportunities for conservative and aggressive investors.

Pick Your Prices and Your Stocks

By Roger S. Conrad on Apr. 15, 2017
With first-quarter earnings season around the corner, we explain how investors can tune out the noise and focus on what really matters.

The Search for Yield

By Roger S. Conrad on Apr. 15, 2017
With many utility stocks trading at frothy valuations, a big yield is hard to find.  

Merger Mania

By Roger S. Conrad on Feb. 12, 2017
Access to inexpensive capital and the pursuit of scale continue to drive consolidation in the utility and telecommunication services sectors. These trends create opportunities for savvy investors.

An Eye on Washington and Two Eyes on Fourth-Quarter Earnings

By Roger S. Conrad on Feb. 12, 2017
Although interest rates and federal policies can affect the stock market and create challenges and opportunities, how companies have positioned themselves and how management teams react to changes ultimately shape investors’ returns.

Picks and Pans for 2017

By Roger S. Conrad on Jan. 10, 2017
At the start of the new year, we roll out our top picks and pans among the various segments represented in our Utility Report Card. Last year’s picks generated an average total return of 22.9 percent, while our pans posted a 2.1 percent gain. We hope to build on this success in 2017.

High Yielders vs Dividend Growers

By Roger S. Conrad on Dec. 21, 2016
A dividend cut hits investors with a double-whammy, reducing their current income and catalyzing a sharp selloff in the stock. In contrast, a steadily increasing payout eventually will push a company’s share price higher, particularly when it’s supported by the underlying business.

Deal Talk

By Roger S. Conrad on Dec. 5, 2016
We sift through the pending acquisitions involving companies in our Utility Report Card and highlight some potential takeover targets.

Big Tech and Electric Utilities Go a Courtin’

By Roger S. Conrad on Dec. 1, 2016
What does the utility sector’s budding relationship with big tech mean for investors?

Riding the Trump Trade

By Roger S. Conrad on Nov. 16, 2016
Our bet against utility stocks has continued to pay off, while the selloff in the sector has pulled prices closer to our value-based buy targets. Stay disciplined.

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