• Which Utility Company Earns 5 Stars?

    By Grant Hosticka - February 28, 2013 | Tickers: CNL, CPL, ^DJUSUT, EE, PPL, SJI

    The CAPS Stock Screener is one of my favorite tools, because adding the views of peers (CAPS Star Rating) can always be helpful.  Today we're going to look at some 5 Star Utilities, and come up with a winning investment.  Additional criteria on this preliminary screen included P/E (0-20), Dividend Yield (>3%), and Return on Equity (>10).  Here are the 5 star competitors.

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  • Invest in the Most Scarce Resource: Water

    By Joshua Bondy - December 22, 2012 | Tickers: AWR, CWT, CTWS, MSEX

    Food, water, shelter are listed as the three necessities of human life. How often have you thought of investing in water? Investing in water may not bring overnight riches but it is a sustainable resource that cannot be easily substituted. The United States has a number of water-based utilities that offer a stable and consistent investment.

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  • A No-Brainer Investment

    By Anh HOANG - November 7, 2012 | Tickers: BRK-A, DVA, MEG, PSX, WFC

    Berkshire Hathaway (NYSE: BRK-A) is one of the most admired corporations in the world. Two of the most legendary investors in the world, Warren Buffet and Charlie Munger, have managed to create long term value for their shareholders. For over 40 years, shareholders have enjoyed the annual compounded return of around 20%.

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    Recently, the company just announced its Q3 earnings results. Its third quarter revenue was $41 billion, 22.8 more »

  • 3 Ways to Euro-proof Your Portfolio

    By Justin Carley - June 26, 2012 | Tickers: MO, IWM, PM, ^RUT, HSY, XLU

    There is little debate to the notion that Europe is in a recession, especially if one tiptoes outside Germany.  The Markit Eurozone PMI Flash Index was 46.0 in June and has remained below the contraction/expansion line of 50 in nine of the last ten months.  That is persistent weakness.  Other emerging markets are also suffering as well.  Take China for instance, its PMI has been below 50 for more »

  • With Rates Staying Low, These Stocks Will Rise

    By Tim Brugger - January 25, 2012 | Tickers: CAT, DE, EXC, F, RAI

    Looks like the Fed meeting turned out about the way analysts and other prognosticators thought -- the Fed will keep rates at essentially nothing for another couple of years. So it’s time to consider the implications and how best to take advantage of the situation.


    From a growth perspective earlier articles have discussed the upside that both Ford (NYSE: F) and Volkswagen (NASDAQOTH: VLKAY) have as sales increases more »

  • 15 Best Yielding Utility Stocks With A Buy Or Better Rating

    By DividendYields - January 9, 2012 | Tickers: AEP, CIG, EIX, EOC, ENI, EXC, FE, NGG, NEE, PCG, PPL, PEG, SRE, TRP, XEL

    The utility sector is of major importance for income investors. Utilities are characterized by stable and high dividends. Unfortunately, they are also highly leveraged and their core businesses are very capital intensive.

    In an effort to find some stocks from this sector to recommend, I screened large-cap stocks (more than $10 billion market caps) with a dividend yield of more than 3 percent, as well as a buy or more »

  • Kudos to Netflix

    By Erin McBride - December 28, 2011 | Tickers: NFLX, LG

    Do you believe in investing in a company because they did something right? It is time to forgive Netflix (NASDAQ: NFLX) for some of their past mistakes, and thank CEO Reed Hastings for doing the right thing.

    Hastings is taking a 33% pay cut after a ridiculously and well-documented bad year for the company. In comparison, how many stories have we read about our Wall Street (and Detroit) friends taking more »

  • The Car That CO2 Built

    By Roland Hughes - December 21, 2011 | Tickers: CLC, EXC, GPRE, WM

    There has been a lot of talk about CO2 sequestering technology lately.


    The obvious solution to factory-produced CO2 isn't trying to bury it, despite what people say. That may be required as temporary storage, but it is not a good option. Eventually it will leak, just like those salt mines will eventually leak, but we put nuclear waste there anyway. (Nuclear, the clean form of energy more »

  • Netflix Expanding Services Across the Pond

    By Erin McBride - December 20, 2011 | Tickers: AMZN, NFLX, LG, VZ

    Popular entertainment site Netflix (NASDAQ: NFLX) has signed a licensing agreement with BBC Worldwide. The new deal will bring more BBC series to Netflix users in the UK and Ireland.

    The financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. Netflix’s biggest competitor in the UK is Lovefilm, a movie rental service acquired by Amazon (NASDAQ: AMZN) in January 2011.

    Netflix will launch its UK and Ireland services in early more »

  • Stock Upgrades And Downgrades From 2011/12/15

    By DividendYields - December 16, 2011 | Tickers: ANIP, BWA, CTAS, CCNE, FSLR, ITC, KIOR, LRCX, LEAP, LUFK.DL, LAVA, NYCB, NVLS, SWKS, TMUS, TE, VPHM

    Upgrades and downgrades are positive (negative) changes in the rating of a security. An upgrade is usually triggered by a steady improvement in the fundamentals and financials of the entity that has issued the security. Downgrade ratings are vice versa. Changes in the analyst rating could hit the company’s stock price significantly. Watch out the current rating decisions. Here is a current list of recent company upgrades and downgrades more »

  • High Yields With Ex-Dividend Date Tomorrow 2011-12-15

    By DividendYields - December 13, 2011 | Tickers: ADC, NM, UIL

    Here is a current stock list of dividend shares with ex-dividend date on 12/15/2011. The average dividend-yield amounts to 3.95 percent.

    The ex-dividend date is a major date related to the payment of dividends. If you purchase a stock on its ex-dividend date or later, you will not receive the next dividend payment. Instead, the seller gets the dividend. If you purchase before the ex-dividend date, you more »

  • GALP Gets Wet

    By Kirk Spano - December 12, 2011 | Tickers: VE

    In need of a tall cool drink, GALP - Growth At Low Prices for the formal types - has set out to find a great water play for you.  Why?  Because you need a drink too.  I really don't want to see you shrivel up and blow away in the dusty market winds.  Water is the next gold.  It's the next water even.

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  • Utilities: The Best Performing Sector by Capital Appreciation Offers Above-Average Dividends as Well

    By Eric Lumsden - December 11, 2011 | Tickers: AEP, DUK, PPL, SO, XLU

    Electric utilities are currently the best performing sector in the S&P 500, up 14.5% over the past 12 months. These companies also offer dividends which far surpass the 1.96% yield on the S&P 500.  In addition to the high performance, these stocks are considered fairly safe on the whole.  Many utilities still operate in a regulated environment, able to raise their rates through petitioning regulators instead more »

  • Cohesant Inc, A Diamond in Obscurity

    By Nikhil Shamapant - December 11, 2011 | Tickers: AWK, CWT

    This is a part of my, Behind the Curtain: Special Situations for Explosive Returns, series.

    (Edited on Monday, 12/12/11)

    Cohesant Inc. (PINK: COHY) is a micro cap pink sheets company based in Beachwood, Ohio, that provides services in the protection and renewal of drinking water systems and wastewater collection systems.  Other companies in its sector include American Waterworks (NYSE: AWK) and California Water Services (NYSE: CWT). Recently more »