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  • Thirsty for Profits: The Water Distribution Industry

    By patricio kehoe - August 19, 2013 | Tickers: AWK, SBS, UUGRY

    Water is one of the most valuable goods for upcoming generations, and discussions already evolve around the securitization of such commodity. Hence, possibilities for profit depend on government regulation and the age of the infrastructure. Let us look at Companhia de Saneamiento Basico (NYSE:SBS), United Utilities (NASDAQOTH:UUGRY), and American Water Works (NYSE:AWK) to see how those variables will limit or push future profits.

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  • Accessing the Water Investment Theme

    By Chris Bailey - August 8, 2013 | Tickers: AWK, WTR, XYL

    It is not too controversial to say that water is a necessity for life. The United Nations’ Water for Life campaign says that almost one-fifth of the world’s population lives with actual water shortages and that the problem is getting worse even in the most developed of countries. Should water industry investments also be a necessity for your portfolio?

    The first stop has to be the listed water utilities more »

  • Water Stocks—Time to Dive In

    By Preetam Kaushik - August 8, 2013 | Tickers: AWK, CWT, PNR

    You’ve heard the sound byte—water is a $1 trillion-dollar opportunity! Could water be the new gold?

    Those looking to invest can either choose to invest in water ETFs or directly in stocks themselves. The companies fall into two broad types—Industrials who manufacture the equipment and technologies that go into water processing and distribution, and the Utilities who supply water to homes and businesses. Also, while emerging markets more »

  • Water: Not a Drop to Drink, but Plenty of Money to Be Made

    By Robinson Greig - July 31, 2013 | Tickers: AWK, ITT, SI, XYL

    Whether you know it or not, the world is facing a severe global water crisis.  Expanding demand for water has placed the natural resource under severe strain.  This high demand for water use is pulling a vacuum on the water industry, presenting an appealing long term investing opportunity.  In this article, I'll outline the water crisis and three companies that are well-positioned to capitalize on this vacuum.

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  • Massive Projects But Heavy Regulation Ahead for Water Companies

    By Phillip Woolgar - July 17, 2013 | Tickers: AWK, WTR, UU

    Water infrastructure replacement is becoming a major issue throughout much of the developed world. Most pipes in America haven't been replaced since the 1930s, and in England they are often more than 200 years old. Regulatory concerns have left many of the companies that replace this infrastructure with a cap on the amount of money they can earn, however. These regulations are common due to the fact that it more »

  • How Should Investors Capitalize on the American Energy Boom?

    By Ryan Guenette - July 1, 2013 | Tickers: AWK, WTR, VE, XYL

    Let’s take a journey back to just after World War II. Nearly all major countries in the world are in shambles, and the country which is perceived to be the strongest, the United States, produces nearly 40% of the world’s goods. Present day, this measure has shrunk to roughly 18%.

    However, not all news is gloomy for the red, white, and blue. Right now as you read this more »

  • Volatility Will Rise, Avoid It With These Stocks

    By Reuben Brewer - June 13, 2013 | Tickers: AWR, AWK, WTR

    “Slower growth suggests that market volatility will rise,” says BlackRock's Chief Investment Strategist Russ Koesterich. Despite that, he suggests buying stocks. To avoid the inherent risk in stocks, look for low-beta necessity stocks like American Water Works (NYSE: AWK), Aqua America (NYSE: WTR), and American States Water (NYSE: AWR).

    What's an investor to do?

    The stock market is hovering around all time highs. Bond yields are hovering around more »

  • What Makes The Water Utility Industry Profitable

    By Victor Selva - June 3, 2013 | Tickers: AWR, AWK, SBS

    Water utilities' business models have allowed companies to maintain high growth under a very uncertain economic outlook. Also, relatively high regular distributions of dividends have made them particularly appealing to investors.

    Opportunity in Brazil

    Companhia de Saneamento Basico - SABESP (NYSE: SBS) - provides water and sewerage services, along with waste management, in the City of São Paulo.

    Brazil is one of the largest developing economies in the world. Even if its more »

  • 4 Water Plays for a Thirsty Portfolio

    By Leo Sun - May 3, 2013 | Tickers: AWK, PIO, PHO, XYL

    When most people think about valuable commodities, they tend to think about gold or oil. Most people neglect the world’s most important commodity -- fresh water.

    Although water covers 70% of the Earth’s surface, only 1% of the world’s water is available for drinking. 97.5% of the planet’s water is seawater, and 70% of our available fresh water is frozen in glaciers. Meanwhile, climate change, water more »

  • The Ultimate Monopoly Industry -- And There Are No Substitutes

    By BA McKenna - April 8, 2013 | Tickers: AWR, AWK, WTR

    Let's toast to an average 40% total annual return on three stocks with an average price volatility less than one-third the overall stock market's. Our toasting beverage is water -- the product of our winning stocks, American States Water (NYSE: AWR), Aqua America (NYSE: WTR), and American Water Works (NYSE: AWK).  

    First, a look at the returns the water utilities have been pouring out  -- and then why water stocks more »

  • Multi-Million Dollar Hedge Fund Focusing on Water, Utilities

    By Meena Krishnamsetty - March 18, 2013 | Tickers: AWK, SBS, ITRI, PNR, SJW

    Although the average investor often turns a blind eye to hedge fund activity, paying attention to the best managers can be both wise and profitable. Here at Insider Monkey, we track the U.S.’s top 450 funds, and our research shows that, historically, their consensus small-cap picks have beaten the market handily (see just how much here).

    One such fund is manager John I. Dickerson’s Summit Global Management more »

  • Should You Follow Insiders Into This Water Company?

    By Anh HOANG - March 8, 2013 | Tickers: AWR, AWK, CWT

    Insiders are getting quite bullish about California Water Service Group (NYSE: CWT). On March 5, around 19 insiders of the company, including CEO and Chairman Peter Nelson and COO Martin Kropelnicki, bought 690,000 shares in total, with a total transaction value of more than $1.4 million. Since the middle of November 2012, California Water's stock has kept rising, from $17.30 per share to nearly $20.80 more »

  • Make Money With Life's Necessity

    By Ash Anderson - December 21, 2012 | Tickers: AWK, WTR, SBS

    Have you ever tried to live without water? It’s something that all humans need to survive and there are companies out there that make their money by delivering clean water to homes. Let’s take a look at some of these companies, we can start with the Brazilian firm, Companhia de Saneamento Basico (NYSE: SBS).

    Companhia de Saneamento Basico

    If you want to diversify your portfolio both out of more »

  • The Water Trade: How to Invest in This Megatrend

    By Matthew DiLallo - December 21, 2012 | Tickers: AWK, CHK, DVN, GE

    Commodities like oil and gold get a lot of press.  Both are critical to the global economy and have been a source of investor profits for years.  It’s easy to trade in either; you can directly invest via an ETF or buy shares in a company dedicated to production.

    Water, however, is much more difficult to play.  We tend not to think too much of it, as its access more »

  • Blue Gold

    By Ryan Guenette - December 17, 2012 | Tickers: AWR, AWK, WTR

    A SWOT analysis is a look at a company’s strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats, and is a tremendous way to gain a detailed and thorough perspective on a company and its future. As the 2012 year draws to a close, I would like to pinpoint on a leader in the water industry, American Water Works (NYSE: AWK).

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    • Predictable Business Model: American Water provides drinking water, wastewater, and other more »
  • Water and the Negative Free Cash Flow Problem

    By Alvin Gonzales - December 4, 2012 | Tickers: AWK, WTR, SBS | Editor's Choice

    The water utility industry is capital intensive. Regulatory agencies help companies cope with high costs by approving rate increases. In its 2011 annual report, American Water Works (NYSE: AWK), the largest investor-owned water and wastewater utility company in the US, states, “...based on certain legal and regulatory principles, utilities are entitled to recover, through rates charged to customers, prudent and reasonable operating costs as well as an opportunity to earn more »

  • Water, Water, Everywhere- Ideas In Water Utilities & Beyond

    By Steve Van - November 15, 2012 | Tickers: AWR, AWK, WTR, BMI, CWT, ITRI, KEX, LNN, MWA, XYL

    “Water, water, everywhere,
    Nor any drop to drink.”
    The Rime of the Ancient Mariner
    by Samuel Taylor Coleridge

    Seeing the devastation from Hurricane Sandy brought to mind this famous verse, which in turn got me thinking about ways to invest in one of the essentials of human life-water. We drink it, bathe in it, grow & prepare food with it, and even use it for transportation and recreation. I am confident more »

  • Sink or Swim With Water Utilities.

    By Michael Mistaleski - November 12, 2012 | Tickers: AWR, AWK, WTR

    With this summers drought the importance of a clean abundant water supply is clearly not something that can be taken for granted. Water utilities should be an option for any balanced portfolio. Think about this, water is a commodity that can not be owned. It is held in the public trust. So water utilities take a product they do not own and sell it to consumers at a nice profit more »

  • 5 Stocks Loved By Osterweis Capital

    By Meena Krishnamsetty - September 25, 2012 | Tickers: Y, AWK, CNK, CCK, KMI

    Editor's Note: The original article referred to Crown Holdings as a Pay-Per-View TV company. Crown Holdings is a packaging and canning manufacturer. This version has been corrected.

    John Osterweis graduated from Bowdoin College with a B.A. in Philosophy, and then with an M.B.A. in Finance from Stanford University in 1969. After graduating from business school, John served as a senior analyst concentrating on forest products and more »

  • 7 Top CEOs Working for Pennies

    By Liz Hoffmann - August 23, 2012 | Tickers: AWK, BRK-B, BRK-A, CIT, GOOG, ISRG, MNST, WFM

    These days, we're all on the look out for a great value.  Whether we're buying household goods, travel services, or large-ticket items we want to get the most for our money.  So when it comes to the top CEOs, perhaps we should also consider them in terms of value.  How much is their total compensation and how does that correspond to the leadership that they provide for the more »

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