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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 »

  • Disruptive Technology: The Sun - Part 2

    By Wes Patoka - July 19, 2013 | Tickers: WTR, ED, WMT

    Previously, I’ve discussed how utilities could become just secondary power sources, but is all hope lost? Some companies have seen the writing on the wall and started shifting their business models in subtle ways, so they can embrace the unthinkable - lower demand for electricity from them. 

    Peak time opportunity

    SolarCity has been converting customers into competitors for utilities, but there is a flip side to this whole equation. SolarCity more »

  • 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 »

  • Consolidating Utility Industries

    By Wes Patoka - July 15, 2013 | Tickers: WTR, T, DUK, VZ

    There are two types of industries: mature and growing. Growing industries require more capital and typically use the cash generated by the business to fund future projects. Mature industries, on the other hand, typically generate more cash than they can use internally, and either pay a dividend, repurchase shares, or even purchase competitors. The utility industry, and its sub industries, is the latter. It is a mature industry that is more »

  • "Turn On" These Utilities For Steady Income

    By Justin Pope - July 10, 2013 | Tickers: WTR, NFG, SO

    It is always a good idea to include some companies in your portfolio that provide a steady stream of income. Some investors like bonds, as they tend to be less risky than stocks. However, those looking for steady investments with a bit more upside than bonds can turn to utilities. Utilities are very stable and provide steady income to investors for various reasons.

    They're recession-proof

    The business model of 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 »

  • Where Can an Investor Find Yield Today?

    By Wes Patoka - May 28, 2013 | Tickers: WTR, T, DUK

    With the Fed’s continued buying up and pushing down yields in bonds, investors have been frantic to find yield in the more risky equity market. The stocks that have seen the best run ups are in the utility sector. Old guard companies that turn out a consistent profit, but have limited growth potential were among the favorites. In this century, we all continue to need the products and services more »

  • Four High-Yield Investments That Might Fit Well in Your Portfolio

    By Brian Nichols - May 13, 2013 | Tickers: WTR, MSA, NHC, RAI

    With markets at all-time highs, you might be looking for a good place to invest your money. Throughout this rally, defensive names have been key contributors, and even as money shifts, high-yield dividend stocks have remained a favorite in all industries. Thus I am looking at four stocks with recent dividend hikes that look to be cheap investments.

    Reynolds American (NYSE: RAI)

    Reynolds American is one of the major American 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 »

  • Premium Dividends: The Market's Best Kept Secret

    By David Mercer - December 21, 2012 | Tickers: WTR, ENB, ERF

    By now, most of you are probably familiar with dividend reinvestment plans (DRIP's), but did you know the deal gets even better? Yes, it's true. So, what am I talking about? DRIP's with premium dividends. You may be asking, "What's a premium dividend?" It's simply a bonus on the declared dividend, which companies provide to long-term "buy and "hold" investors. Trust me, it's a 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 »

  • 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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    Strengths:

    • 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 »

  • 1 Stock Which Could Benefit From Natural Gas Regulation

    By Tyler Crowe - August 27, 2012 | Tickers: WTR, HAL, SLB, VE

    The boom in US natural gas exploration has become a very hot political topic. To Frack or not to Frack has become a subject of debate ranging from the dining room table to the halls of Congress.  The idea of using hydraulic fracturing of underground shale deposits to extract natural gas has become a polarizing idea that has left some many uncertain of its future.  As investors, this uncertainty does more »

  • The Blue Gold Rush

    By Ryan Guenette - August 21, 2012 | Tickers: AWR, AWK, WTR, CWT, SJW

    Water is the single most essential thing for the human body. A person can survive only three to five days without water, yet some have been reported to survive 7 days. 75% of the human body is made up of water, so it is of no surprise that providing water is considered a necessity. Water is more important to humans than electricity, cable, and waste collection combined. Companies that provide more »

  • You Should be (Real) Long on Water

    By Kevin Gill - August 10, 2012 | Tickers: AWK, WTR, SBS, CWCO, XYL

    People in America take many things for granted. One of the most prominent examples would be having clean water come out every time the tap is turned on. The average US citizen uses 150 gallons of water a day as compared to 20 gallons a day for even middle class folks in China, India and other emerging economies. Water is necessary for sanitation, cleaning and hydration. A lack of water more »

  • Watered Down Stocks

    By Chad Henage - August 8, 2012 | Tickers: AWR, AWK, WTR, YORW

    When I hear an investor suggest purchasing shares of a water company, I immediately hit the mental snooze button. Water companies are not usually fast-growing and their dividend yields are not significant enough to attract attention as an income investment. However, not wanting to miss an opportunity, I had to do some additional research when Sean Williams of The Motley Fool suggested a water company had a, “great dividend you can buy right now.” What I found unfortunately is, at least in my opinion, most water companies deserve their relatively un-followed status.

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