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Investing Topics: Value Investing

Learnings from Earnings: Upgrades and Downgrades

By Roger S. Conrad on Nov. 14, 2017
Most of the names in our Utility Report Card have reported third-quarter results, with a quartet of Portfolio holdings earning higher buy targets after surprising to the upside or announcing key company-specific developments.

A Next-Generation Telecom at a Last-Generation Price

By Roger S. Conrad on Jul. 9, 2017
A rapidly growing cloud services division makes this international telecom giant a great value play.

Turnaround Gains Traction

By Roger S. Conrad on Mar. 11, 2017
After a dividend cut, this international telecom titan continues to make progress on its turnaround effort and remains an appealing value play.

A Rare Value

By Roger S. Conrad on Feb. 12, 2017
The market isn't giving this utility credit for reducing operating risk, shoring up its balance sheet and growing its dividend.

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.

Turning the Corner

By Roger S. Conrad on Aug. 8, 2015
With a return to dividend growth just around the corner, this undervalued utility is a great buy.

Key Themes for the Second Half of 2015

By Roger S. Conrad on Jul. 12, 2015
The utility sector is a mixed bag right now: Some stocks remain at elevated valuations and look ripe for profit-taking; others look like good buys for opportunistic investors.

Strategy Review

By Roger S. Conrad on Jul. 12, 2015
Heading into earnings season, we expect most of our Portfolio holdings to post solid second-quarter results. Nevertheless, the macro backdrop suggests that investors should take some profits off the table in their big winners and take advantage of any pullbacks to buy high-quality names.

A Turnaround Story Gains Traction

By Roger S. Conrad on Jul. 10, 2015
This global telecom giant continues to make all the right moves to return to dividend growth, but the stock still trades at a discount.

Utility Potpourri

By Roger S. Conrad on Apr. 5, 2015
Income-seeking investors have a lot on their minds these days. Here’s our take on topics that are of chief concern to our readership and our portfolio strategy.

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