Duke Energy Corp

  • Changing Fossil Fuel Prices Impacting Power Sector

    By Awais Iqbal - August 19, 2013 | Tickers: DUK, NGG, SO

    Coal prices are at an all time low as the natural gas becomes more affordable fuel for power generation after the shale gas boom in America. This fact is expected to change as the lower coal prices allure the shift towards coal again in the coming future. Further, lower coal prices are also forcing coal producer to cut production that will further provide support to coal prices. I strongly expect more »

  • Duke Results a Warning to Others

    By Dana Blankenhorn - August 16, 2013 | Tickers: DUK, BTU, SO

    Those who think that energy demand can do nothing but rise should take heed to the quarterly report of Duke Energy (NYSE: DUK).

    The North Carolina-based electric utility missed street estimates badly.  But it's the reason for the miss that should give investors across the sector pause.

    Apparently the prices being paid at PJM Interconnection (http://www.pjm.com/), which handles transfers of electricity across the eastern U.S more »

  • Will Higher Interest Rates Doom Utilities?

    By Bob Ciura - August 16, 2013 | Tickers: ED, DUK, SO

    Utilities are highly valued by their investors for their reliable, if unspectacular, growth. Utilities are routinely called ‘widow-and-orphan’ stocks, meaning they’re commonly held for their hefty dividend yields and low volatility.

    However, the past few months have seen more volatility in utility stocks than many investors would like. Much of it stems from fear of the Fed taper, in which the winding down of the central bank’s monthly more »

  • 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 »

  • What Can We Learn From Duke's Missed Earnings?

    By Wes Patoka - August 12, 2013 | Tickers: DUK, EXC, NEE

    Duke Energy (NYSE: DUK) missed its earnings this quarter due to several factors. What can investors learn from this earnings call and apply to the utility sector? There were several macro-economic trends that Duke called out, and we’ll look into them below.

    Duke announced that its net income fell 24% in the second quarter and earnings fell to $0.48 per share. The company is citing warmer weather and more »

  • Should Investors Buy This Utility Company?

    By tarun bachhawat - July 31, 2013 | Tickers: DUK, EXC, PPL

    Investors pick utility stocks for one main reason; how much dividend they yield. In the beginning of 2013, when Exelon (NYSE: EXC) slashed its dividend, it lost investors' faith, and its stock price depreciated more than 17% in the last year. Moreover, with the price of natural gas at its all time low, things turned worse for the nuclear giant. Let’s try to sum up what to expect from 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 »

  • Disruptive Technology: The Sun - Part 1

    By Wes Patoka - July 19, 2013 | Tickers: DUK, NVE, SCTY

    The price per watt for photo voltaic panels fell from $3.80/watt in 2008 to $.86/watt in 2012. This tremendous reduction in price has spurred consumers to jump into the electric generation business, in theory making them competitors to their own utility company.

    New kids on the block

    SolarCity (NASDAQ: SCTY) is the new cool kid when it comes to solar. It doesn’t have to pay for more »

  • Can This Company Power Your Portfolio’s Yield Higher?

    By Chad Henage - July 19, 2013 | Tickers: ED, DUK, TEG, SO

    Investors buy stock in certain industries with some built in expectations. The utility sector attracts a lot of attention because these companies offer high yields and relatively low risk. However, as investors learned over the last few years, not all yields are created equal. Some companies had to face the harsh reality that they couldn’t afford their payouts. Investors in Duke Energy (NYSE: DUK) have been rewarded handsomely in more »

  • The Future of Coal Today

    By Reuben Brewer - July 15, 2013 | Tickers: DUK, GE, SI, SO

    Coal, one of this country's most abundant fuels, is increasingly being targeted as a dirty fuel. That doesn't have to be the case because the technology to “clean” coal exists today. General Electric (NYSE: GE) and Siemens (NYSE: SI) both build it, and Southern Company (NYSE: SO) and Duke (NYSE: DUK) are set to use it.

    A Dirty Fuel

    Coal fuels around 40% of this country's electric 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 »

  • Energy Companies Energizing Revenue

    By Madhukar Dubey - July 15, 2013 | Tickers: DUK, FE, PPL

    The rising population has led to an increase in demand for utility supplies. The utilities business is monopolistic in nature and thus requires regulation. The government regulates the prices of utility supplies to maintain reasonable limits, as they serve basic human needs. The utilities keep trying to increase prices of their services by filing rate cases.

    The state of economy is a key driver for utilities, and the improving economy more »

  • Solar Companies See a Bright Future in the U.S.

    By Awais Iqbal - July 5, 2013 | Tickers: DUK, FSLR, SRE, SPWR

    On June 25, President Obama gave orders to issue permits for 10 gigawatts of renewable energy on public land, with the focus on a 200% increase in renewable energy generation by the year 2020. The Defense Department, the largest U.S. energy consumer, also plans to install three gigawatts of renewable energy by 2025, sufficient to supply power to 2.4 million households.

    This focus towards installing power plants resulted more »

  • An Opportunity To Make 18% a Year On a Utility Stock

    By Shmulik Karpf - July 2, 2013 | Tickers: ED, DUK, EXC

    Exelon Corporation (NYSE: EXC), a utility services holding company, engages in the energy generation and distribution business in the United States. Exelon is one of the "cleanest" power producers in the country. About half its fleet is nuclear, a quarter is natural gas, and nearly 10% is hydro, wind, and solar. 

    The Opportunity

    Shares of this energy giant have been declining recently. This decline is partly attributed to an overall 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 »

  • 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 »

  • 3 Retirement Picks for This Season

    By Tanya Kanodia - June 28, 2013 | Tickers: CVC, DUK, RHP

    Value stocks with a relatively high dividend yield and a moderate growth rate can be classified as retirement stocks. These stocks ensure a steady flow of income for senior citizens. That is extremely important during times of uncertainty and high inflation.

    Here is a list of three retirement stock picks that comes to my mind right now. They are a must have in your portfolio if you are thinking about 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 »

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