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Investing Topics: Utility Stocks

Assets in All the Right Places

By Roger S. Conrad on Jun. 12, 2016
Investments in solar power, the electricity grid, pipelines and gas-fired power plants will drive earnings and dividend growth at this utility over the next five years.

Aging Bull

By Roger S. Conrad on Jun. 11, 2016
Many of our Portfolio holdings have rallied hard over the past months, giving investors another opportunity to exit weaker names and take some profits off the table in their big winners.

Let’s Make a Deal: Utilities Take Advantage of Pipeline Companies’ Pain

By Roger S. Conrad on May. 2, 2016
Consolidated Edison's recently announced joint venture with Crestwood Equity Partners LP is the latest example of a utility leveraging its position as a demand-side customer and its low cost of capital to pursue ambitions in the midstream segment. Expect this trend to gain momentum in coming quarters.

Why Utility Stocks, Not Tesla Motors, Are the Smart Bet on Electric Cars

By Roger S. Conrad on Mar. 30, 2016
Investors prize utility stocks for their resilience, but don't overlook their upside exposure to several secular growth trends--including the electric car's long-term potential.

The Case for Utility Stocks

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

Focus on Strategy

By Roger S. Conrad on Mar. 10, 2016
Utilities take the crown as the S&P 500’s top-performing sector this year, with the group generating a total return of 10.5 percent. Much of this strength reflects the appeal of utilities’ resilient cash flow and generous dividends, qualities that make the sector a good place for investors to hide out in uncertain times. But every stock takes a hit in a bear market; savvy investors should bide their time and wait for valuations to improve.

M&A: Exelon and Pepco Closer to Consummating Their Union

By Roger S. Conrad on Feb. 26, 2016
The District of Columbia's Public Service Commission looks set to approve Exelon Corp's proposed takeover Pepco Holdings, if the acquirer agrees to additional terms. Investors can expect more deals to come in the utility sector--and long delays for regulatory approval.

Buy, Hold, Profit: Three Forever Stocks to Grow Your Nest Egg

By Roger S. Conrad on Feb. 10, 2016
Your broker may want you to trade in and out of stocks regularly—that’s how they make their money. But there’s something to be said for buying into high-quality names, sitting back and watching the dividends roll in. Participating in a dividend reinvestment plan can be even more lucrative over the long haul. Here are three names with staying power, the bedrock on which you can build your portfolio.

Three Must-Own Dividend Stocks to Buy in a Bear Market

By Roger S. Conrad on Feb. 10, 2016
Believe it or not, I find myself looking forward to bear markets. Shares of utilities and other companies that provide essential services usually hold up better than cyclical stocks because of their steady revenue and outsized dividends. But even our favorites will pull back when the market sells off indiscriminately. Here are three stocks you shouldn’t hesitate to add to your portfolio in a bear market.

Top Three Utility Takeover Plays

By Roger S. Conrad on Feb. 10, 2016
The utility sector has been a hotbed of merger and acquisition activity over the past 12 months, with several major electricity producers acquiring gas distribution businesses in blockbuster deals. Conrad’s Utility Investor readers reaped windfall profits on Piedmont Natural Gas (NYSE: PNY) and Hawaiian Electric Industries (NYSE: HE), both of which received handsome takeover offers. Deal flow in the utility sector will remain robust in 2016. Here are five of our top takeover plays, all of which we wouldn’t mind owning even if they remain independent.  

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