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  • Here’s Why You Should Watch Out For Coal-Reliant Utilities

    By Awais Malik - August 16, 2013 | Tickers: AEP, DUK, SO

    Despite July's heat wave in the Northeast, summer temperatures in majority of the United States are cooler than last year. For the entire year, U.S. retail sales of electricity to the residential sector during 2013 are forecasted to average 1.3% more than 2012, as lower summer consumption is offset by higher consumption during the non-summer months. President Barack Obama wants to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 17 more »

  • Is the Problem With Renewable Energy Solved?

    By Reuben Brewer - July 31, 2013 | Tickers: AEP, DUK, AES

    Wind and solar power are great, but they don't generate electricity all the time. That's why natural gas, coal, and nuclear power are still the basis of most electric systems. However, there are ways to store power that could change that equation.

    One of the biggest issues facing wind and solar is that electricity is hard and expensive to store. There are numerous storage schemes, including compressing air more »

  • Which Utilities Company Can Make You Rich?

    By Marina Avilkina - July 26, 2013 | Tickers: AEP, DUK, GXP

    For many years, utility stocks have been considered solid and reliable investments. Customer electricity demand grows, and utilities benefit while investors feel excited. However, those times may be about to change. In this article, I aim to deliver a clearer picture on where the utilities Great Plains Energy (NYSE: GXP),  Duke Energy (NYSE: DUK) and  American Electric Power (NYSE: AEP) stand. My argument makes a largely statistical case for suggesting more »

  • Not All Utilities Are Created Equal

    By Bob Ciura - July 17, 2013 | Tickers: AEP, EXC, SO

    Utilities are your classic slow-and-steady stocks. Since they operate in a highly regulated industry that is critical to our national security, the majority of publicly traded utilities represent just about the safest stocks you can buy.

    Utilities are known for dependable profits and making quarterly dividend payments like clockwork. Investors own them much more for income purposes than capital gain potential. At the same time, utility stocks are still stocks more »

  • Texas Needs Electricity, These Companies Can Help

    By Reuben Brewer - July 11, 2013 | Tickers: AEP, CPN, CNP

    For the second year running, Texas is short of electric capacity for projected peak demand periods, according to The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIP). While that's clearly bad for Texans trying to beat the heat, it means there's pent up demand for companies like Calpine (NYSE: CPN), American Electric Power (NYSE: AEP), and CenterPoint Energy (NYSE: CNP) to fill.

    Hitting the Peaks

    Electricity demand is highly variable more »

  • Benefit From Millennium Management's Top Holdings

    By Shweta Dubey - July 5, 2013 | Tickers: AEP, EOG, NRG

    Millennium Management fund is a global hedge fund with assets of around $18.17 billion under management as of May 31, 2013. It has generated an average return of 16% per year over the last 22 years. The firm has a Sharpe ratio of 2.5, which is the highest among other hedge funds. The Sharpe ratio measures a fund's efficiency to manage its portfolio by generating excess return more »

  • US Coal Utilities: Effects of New Limitations

    By Vanina Egea - July 2, 2013 | Tickers: AEP, DTE, DUK

    The new climate change plan from Obama’s administration is expected to shift the competitive landscape of energy production in the United States. This will certainly impact coal mining companies and coal-burning electricity producers as the president is developing a plan in which the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) would limit carbon dioxide emissions from coal and gas burning utilities by 2015 and implement it in 2016. This will be a more »

  • Billionaire Israel Englander’s Dividend Picks

    By Meena Krishnamsetty - July 2, 2013 | Tickers: AEP, LYB, NEE, SRE, XEL

    Israel Englander founded Millennium Management in 1989 and the hedge fund has since grown to over $10 billion in assets under management. Thanks to its strong performance, Englander is a billionaire and therefore, one of the investors who we follow particularly closely in our database of quarterly 13F filings (which we also use to develop investing strategies, including our finding that the most popular small cap stocks among hedge funds more »

  • Duke Energy: Is Clean Coal a New Lease On Life?

    By Nicholas Kitonyi - July 1, 2013 | Tickers: AEP, CNP, DUK

    If you ever wondered whether clean coal really is possible, the answer is yes, thanks to technological advancements. Coal is one of the major sources of energy across the world, and certainly cheaper than many alternatives. Companies involved in producing energy from coal have rallied in the past couple of years as natural gas prices continued to decline. 

    Duke Energy (NYSE: DUK) is one of the companies that have capitalized more »

  • Utilities Are Still Dependable

    By Faizan Chudhry - June 30, 2013 | Tickers: AEP, ED, DUK

    In the recent low-yield environment, utility stocks have remained popular among the income seeking investors due to their attractive dividend yields. Lately, however, fear of the Fed tapering quantity easing has pushed yields up, causing utility stocks to underperform against the broad market. As the Fed tapering is linked to positive economic data, I believe that monetary easing will be prolonged for a longer period of time than currently signaled more »

  • Utility Companies Going Solar

    By Kyle Colona - June 27, 2013 | Tickers: AEP, DUK, NEE

    Utility companies are buying into solar power and this is a triple play for these outfits, their customers and investors.

    Several of the largest U.S. utility companies are moving into the solar power business. While utility companies still lean heavily on coal and natural gas as power sources, the transition into solar and other green technologies is underway.

    Solar Energy at a Glance

    My last article considered three of more »

  • Is Southern Company a Buy?

    By Bob Ciura - June 12, 2013 | Tickers: AEP, ED, SO

    Utility stocks are the very definition of slow-and-steady investing. Their businesses provide a product that is a necessity of human society and the companies in the industry operate in a highly regulated environment. For decades, investors have counted on the steady profits and reliable dividends paid by utilities, and for those reasons, utilities have been given the “widow-and-orphan stock” moniker.

    In recent years, utility investors have been doubly rewarded in more »

  • Is This Company Ruling Over the Electric Utility Industry?

    By Ryan Guenette - June 11, 2013 | Tickers: AEP, DUK, EXC, NEE, SO

    The largest electric power holding company in the United States, Duke Energy (NYSE: DUK), has only risen 4.91% YTD, a far cry from the 15.34% return provided by the Dow Jones Industrial Average over the same time period. 

    Duke is the largest electric power holding company in the US, serving more than 7 million customers in 6 states. Based on market capitalization, the company is valued at $47 more »

  • Go Green and get Rich!

    By Rishabh Jain - May 28, 2013 | Tickers: AEP, DUK, EXC, PPL

    “The recent merger of Exelon (NYSE: EXC) and Constellation Energy has made us the number one competitive energy provider, with one of the cleanest & lowest-cost power generation fleets and one of the largest retail customer bases in the United States. Exelon has a solid platform to pursue its continued commitment to sustainable growth and competitive markets, helping drive customer choice, innovation and efficiency,” said Christopher M. Crane President and CEO more »

  • This Company Is Capitalizing on Sunny Days

    By Wes Patoka - May 23, 2013 | Tickers: AEP, COST, WMT

    Big box retailers have a huge underutilized asset at each of their stores, their roof. As these companies look to lower operating costs, companies like Wal-Mart Stores (NYSE: WMT) installing solar panels on their roofs makes good financial sense. These panels will not only provide electricity with very little maintenance, they will also shade the building during the hottest part of the day, lowering air conditioning costs.

    Not just green more »

  • Three Stocks to Avoid When Buying for Dividend Yield

    By Ken McGaha - May 20, 2013 | Tickers: AEP, ETR, FE

    Regular readers of my work will be well aware of my affinity for dividends. When investing for yield, it is important to make sure the dividend is safe and paid from profits generated from real earnings. Utility stocks come to my mind when I think of safe dividends in a stable industry that is almost guaranteed to profit.

    Always be careful about what you think you know

    The three businesses more »

  • Duke Energy and Random-Chance Utility Investing

    By Nate Wooley - May 13, 2013 | Tickers: AEP, D, DUK, SO

    Investing in utilities can be a very good move … if the right sort of luck is with you.

    A recent story about Duke Energy (NYSE: DUK) indicates just how much of a factor random chance can play in investing. Sure, that's true for all investing, but for utilities investing it's more obvious than in other sectors. In its recent earnings call, Duke said that its first quarter profit more »

  • Is This Utility a Good Play After Its Dividend Cut?

    By tarun bachhawat - May 10, 2013 | Tickers: AEP, EXC, PPL

    If a company that pays a huge dividend slashes it, investors tend to panic. But are dividend cuts always bad? I would say no, as in the last quarter when Exelon's (NYSE: EXC) management reduced their dividends by 41%, it was a smart move. It made available $700 million for the company. The company's performance has benefited from its shrewd decision making that can be gauged by the more »

  • Founded in 1945, Still Prospering in 2013

    By Ryan Guenette - May 3, 2013 | Tickers: AEP, DUK, EXC, NEE, SO

    One of the largest producers of electricity in the US, Southern Company (NYSE: SO), announced on April 15 that for the 12th straight year it will be raising its dividend payout. The dividend is being lifted 3.6% to $2.03 per share on an annual basis, displaying the incredible financial strength and sustainability of the company’s business.

    On April 24, the company reported first-quarter net income of $81 more »

  • Safe Dividend Paying Utility Stocks Part 1

    By Reuben Brewer - April 22, 2013 | Tickers: AEP, ED, NU

    Each month Citi creates a list of safe dividend paying companies. Barron's recently published the list. It included a number of utilities that income investors would do well to consider, including Northeast Utilities (NYSE: NU)Consolidated Edison (NYSE: ED), and American Electric Power (NYSE: AEP).

    The Citi list

    Each month, Citi publishes a list of “safe” dividend companies. The most recent incarnation contains six electric utilities. While it's more »

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