For the 10th time in the post-World War II period, the S&P Utilities Index has dropped by more than -20 percent from its previous all-time high—reached in September 2022. Last month’s feature article highlighted key headwinds facing utilities and essential service stocks this year—and reasons why I didn’t think we’d seen the worst of this now more than year-old downturn. Unfortunately, those headwinds reached hurricane force over the past month. And if you exclude the pandemic-spurred Flash Crash of February/March 2020, you’d need to go back to the 2008 Financial Crisis to find a worse few weeks, and before that the late 2001 Enron implosion.
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