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Investing Topics: Utility Stocks

Utility Update: AmeriGas Reports, ONEOK Spins

By Roger S. Conrad on Nov. 26, 2013

Shares of transmission line operator ITC Holdings (NYSE: ITC) have dropped more than 14 percent from the all-time highs reached in early November. The immediate catalyst: A group of industrial users have demanded the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission cut its allowed returns.

NRG Reports Q3, Dividend Stocks Strengthen

By Roger S. Conrad on Nov. 18, 2013

Taper talk is heating up again as Federal Reserve Chairman-in-waiting Janet Yellen’s fate is debated on Capitol Hill. Rate hike speculation, however, is having much less impact on essential services stocks than it did this past spring. And one big reason is strong third quarter results.

Utility Update: 11 More Report

By Roger S. Conrad on Nov. 11, 2013

Only three of the 28 current Conrad’s Utility Investor Portfolio recommendations have yet to report calendar third quarter earnings. That’s plenty of data to identify relevant sector trends, while we assess the health of individual companies.

Utility Investing: Slow and Steady Wins the Race

By Roger S. Conrad on Nov. 1, 2013

The $48 billion leveraged buyout of the former TXU Corp by KKR & Co. LP (NYSE: KKR) and other private-equity outfits set record in 2007. Now, the company's impending bankruptcy underscores the risks of looking for a quick buck in the utility sector.

Real Trend Hunting: Watch Earnings

By Roger S. Conrad on Nov. 1, 2013

Real industry trends don’t spontaneously occur. They’re forged on the ground by what companies are actually doing. And you spot them by focusing on individual companies’ results, and aggregating your findings.

So Much For Conventional Wisdom

By Roger S. Conrad on Nov. 1, 2013

It’s been barely two weeks since Washington avoided the first federal government default, at least since the Articles of Confederation were in force. The autumn rally in stocks, however, actually began during the heat of the crisis.

The trigger was long overdue recognition the Federal Reserve isn’t going to abandon loose money until the economy is strong enough to handle it. All the “taper” talk that clogged the airwaves for months proved to be meaningless blather.

That’s hardly the first time conventional wisdom has proven disastrously wrong for the investors who bet on it.

The silver lining is resulting volatility was a solid opportunity to buy good stocks cheap. And thanks to that, we’ve already seen sizeable gains for the Conrad’s Utility Investor Model Portfolios, though they’ve only been around three months.

AT&T Reports, And Other Portents Positive

By Roger S. Conrad on Oct. 28, 2013

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).

Utility Roundup: NRG and Earnings

By Roger S. Conrad on Oct. 21, 2013

Earnings season is now underway for the Conrad’s Utility Investor portfolios, with Kinder Morgan Energy Partners (NYSE: KMP) and Verizon Communications (NYSE: VZ) the first to report full numbers.

Your Best US Default Insurance

By Roger S. Conrad on Oct. 11, 2013

Don’t believe everything you hear. The odds are still heavily in favor of enough Democrats and Republicans joining forces to prevent the first bona fide US default since the government operated under the Articles of Confederation.

Utility Talk

By Roger S. Conrad on Oct. 8, 2013

You had questions about utility and telecom stocks, we had answers. 

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