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Phoning In: Telecom’s Big Two Report

By Roger S. Conrad on Jul. 29, 2014

America's two biggest telecoms reported second quarter earnings last week. We look at how they performed in the face of challenges from the competition.

Telecom’s Big 2 “Phone In”

By Roger S. Conrad on Apr. 28, 2014

Few companies attract as much attention when they report quarterly earnings as Telecom’s Big Two: AT&T Inc (NYSE: T) and arch rival Verizon Communications (NYSE: VZ). And the past week has been no exception.

Going Risky For Big Rewards

By Roger S. Conrad on Mar. 7, 2014

After two consecutive winning months, it’s hard to believe utility stocks had so many detractors to start 2014. And it’s even more difficult to find anyone who will own up to being bearish then or now.

A Big Week For Earnings

By Roger S. Conrad on Mar. 3, 2014

Only two Portfolio holdings have yet to turn in earnings this reporting season. Aggressive Holding ENEL SPA (Italy: ENEL, OTC: ENLAY) will unveil its fourth quarter 2013 numbers on March 11. Conservative Holding Piedmont Natural Gas (NYSE: PNY) releases its first quarter fiscal 2014 results on March 7.

Forget T-Mobile: Telecom Is Still for Spenders

By Roger S. Conrad on Mar. 1, 2014

The massive loss T-Mobile USA (NSDQ: TMUS) reported this week hasn’t slowed the hyperactive tweeting of its CEO John Legere. Nor apparently has the news scared off his groupies on Wall Street, though that may have more to do with continuing takeover speculation.

Follow The Money To Dividend Growth

By Roger S. Conrad on Feb. 7, 2014

With large financial institutions and exchange-traded funds (ETFs) dominating daily trading, markets are as volatile as ever.

Fortunately, the key to success in utilities and essential services is the same as it’s been for more than a century: Spotting where investment will earn a fair return, and following the money to a rising stream of dividends.

Buy Southern, Not Apple

By Roger S. Conrad on Feb. 1, 2014

Last November, I advised income investors to favor AT&T (NYSE: T) a traditional dividend paying stock, over shares of its iPhone partner Apple Inc (NSDQ: AAPL).

Emerging Market Retreat: 4 Reasons We’re Staying Put

By Roger S. Conrad on Jan. 27, 2014

Fourth quarter and full-year earnings normally dominate the news this time of year. And rightly so: They’re what ultimately shape shareholder returns.

Getting Ahead In 2014

By Roger S. Conrad on Jan. 10, 2014

The Dow Jones Utility Average has lost ground in 17 of the 30 Januarys since 1984. Happily, only 5 of those declines led to a losing year. And in 13 winning Januarys, the average total return was 24.8 percent—the only losing year 1987.

Utility Update: New Year Review

By Roger S. Conrad on Jan. 6, 2014

The Conrad’s Utility Investor Portfolios officially launched on July 31, 2013. Since that time, the Dow Jones Utility Average is off -2.3 percent, including dividends paid.

My Aggressive Income Portfolio is up by 9.3 percent, while the Conservative Income Portfolio has returned 3.3 percent.

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