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Investing Topics: Utility Stocks

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.

Wrapping Up Q4 Earnings Season

By Roger S. Conrad on Mar. 12, 2018
Seven companies tracked in our Utility Report Card quarterly earnings last week.  

Trumponomics: Six Observations for Income investors

By Roger S. Conrad on Mar. 10, 2018
Whether you support or oppose President Trump’s economic policies, they’re undeniably bold. Already we’ve seen unprecedented fiscal stimulus for an economic expansion this long-lived, the rollback of years of business regulation and the biggest push for trade protections since Smoot-Hawley.

Business is Booming

By Roger S. Conrad on Mar. 5, 2018
Our favorite turnaround story in the utility sector posted a blow-out fourth quarter.

A Great Utility at a Great Price

By Roger S. Conrad on Mar. 5, 2018
The highest-yielding stock in the Dow Jones Utility Average looks like a good buy.

Opportunity Knocks

By Roger S. Conrad on Mar. 5, 2018
The Dow Jones Utility Average hasn’t revisited its Feb. 9 low thus far. But the index is still down almost 15 percent from the all-time high reached in mid-November. Weakness in income-oriented equity groups reflects the pullback in the overall market and fears of rising interest rates. However, at these levels, very few high-quality names in our Utility Report Card remain at unsustainably high valuations and only six of our Model Portfolio holdings trade above our value-based buy targets—a stark contract to only a few months ago. Fourth-quarter results and earnings guidance also underscore that tax reform will provide more of a longer-term tailwind for the utility sector than a near-term headwind. Developments on the regulatory front have also been positive, with Duke Energy Corp (NYSE: DUK) settling its rate amicably and the Texas Public Utility Commission finally approving Sempra Energy’s (NYSE: SRE) takeover of Oncor Electric Delivery. By and large, utilities and the other essential-service companies in our coverage universe reported solid earnings and issued encouraging guidance. Bottom Line: The stocks will only fall so far as weakness in the market and interest rate fears pull them. Although the recent pullback has weighed on our overall returns, investors who followed our lead and took partial profits over the summer should have plenty of dry powder at their disposal.

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