• 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 »

  • Check Out Your Other Options Before Buying This Utility!

    By Matthew Frankel - July 29, 2013 | Tickers: EXC, NEE, SO

    Generally, utilities companies are considered to be some of the most stable, high-yielding investments in the market. However, over the past three months or so, shares of one of my favorites, Exelon (NYSE: EXC) have plunged by about 20%, which seems to be anything but “stable.” A loss like this usually means one of two things, especially when the rest of the market is performing well. It could be either more »

  • Will These Utility Companies Shine in Your Portfolio?

    By Shweta Dubey - July 22, 2013 | Tickers: EIX, EXC, FE

    Rate base is the value of a utility company's assets on which it can earn a specified rate of return. This factor helps regulatory agencies determine the price that a utility company can charge its customers. It is a vital figure for utility companies; it ensures that the company makes adequate profits to operate and expand in order to meet future demands.

    I have analyzed three utility companies dependent 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 »

  • A Long-Term Bet Against Gasoline

    By Wes Patoka - July 11, 2013 | Tickers: EXC, PSX, TSLA

    Oil prices have been given a lot of scrutiny and consumers are not seeing relief at the pump. Nobody will argue that price fluctuations do not play games with consumers’ minds and wallets. Elon Musk, the CEO of Tesla Motors, has proposed that electric vehicles are a way to free ourselves from foreign sources of energy, and giant price fluctuations.

    To import, or export that is the question

    As supply 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 »

  • Will Natural Gas Overpower Exelon's Nuclear Power Business?

    By tarun bachhawat - June 27, 2013 | Tickers: AEE, EXC, PPL

    Until five years ago, Exelon (NYSE: EXC) was an excellent investment. It was providing stable capital appreciation and dividends to its investors. After slashing its dividend by 40% in the beginning of the year, Exelon lost most of its charm. The company has also been affected by the fall in natural-gas prices due to which electricity prices fell.  

    Exelon is trying to expand its production capacity from gas but its more »

  • The Uranium Market Will Soar

    By Robinson Roacho - June 24, 2013 | Tickers: CCJ, EXC, SO

    The demand for electricity rises as global economies continue to improve. However, there has been a migration toward cleaner production methods. Overall, governments are trying to avoid coal power plants due to environmental concerns. Natural gas is the cleanest fuel used for electricity production. Due to an increasing demand for natural gas, prices for the commodity have rebounded after trading at multi-year lows in May 2012. Since electricity production by more »

  • The Safest Utility Stock?

    By Chad Henage - June 12, 2013 | Tickers: EXC, TEG, SO, WEC

    I know it sounds like an oxymoron to suggest that investors need to look for the safest utility stock. However, there are underlying risks in the utility sector that investors seem to be forgetting about. A simple measure, like a dividend’s payout ratio is being ignored in favor of the assumption that utilities always pay their dividends. Investors in companies like Exelon (NYSE: EXC) can unfortunately attest to the more »

  • These 4 Numbers Prove Who Is The Best In This Industry

    By Chad Henage - June 12, 2013 | Tickers: ED, DUK, EXC, SO

    Today’s low interest rate environment is causing some stocks to rise because they offer investors a superior yield to what they can get elsewhere. If there is one sector of the market that worries me, it’s the utilities industry. Investors seem to have forgotten that utilities usually act like interest rate cyclicals, and when interest rates inevitably rise, these stocks could take a beating. That being said, many more »

  • Is There Any 'Juice' Left in Utilities?

    By Daniel Paterson - June 12, 2013 | Tickers: D, EXC, IDU

    Historically the companies in the utility sector have been seen as very defensive investments. Utilities typically have predictable business operations and high and sustainable dividend yields. Companies in this sector have had a very nice run since the recession. To put it into perspective, lets first look at the iShares Dow Jones U.S. Utilities ETF (NYSEMKT: IDU).

    Between November 2012 until just last month, this ETF was on a more »

  • There Are 4 Reasons to Avoid This Stock

    By Chad Henage - June 11, 2013 | Tickers: ED, DUK, EXC, SO

    I know that collecting an over 4% yield in this environment seems tempting. I know that CDs don’t pay much of anything, and savings and money market accounts pay even less. However, it seems that some investors are just buying the first option they come across instead of researching their options. Consolidated Edison (NYSE: ED) is the perfect example of a company that is not performing terribly, but it more »

  • 5 Reasons Another Dividend Cut Is Likely

    By Chad Henage - June 11, 2013 | Tickers: ED, DUK, EXC, SO

    This is not a drill; please proceed in an orderly fashion away from this stock. I wish there was an announcement like this to warn investors when they are about to buy a stock that isn’t going to make them money. However, until someone devises a system to warn investors, we can only go by the numbers, and sometimes our gut feelings about a company. What I’m here 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 »

  • What’s Next for Nuclear?

    By Wes Patoka - June 9, 2013 | Tickers: CCJ, EIX, EXC

    Nuclear energy is the source of many debates. When everything is running smoothly, it is a stable source of energy that can provide us with carbon-neutral energy for years. However, like we saw with the 2011 Fukushima disaster in Japan, when things go wrong they can be very difficult to deal with and the ramifications can last for years. With rising demand and a supply shortage slated for 2013, the more »

  • Is This Stock a Good Buy at Current Levels?

    By Joseph Harry - June 8, 2013 | Tickers: LNG, COP, EXC

    It's been a rough five years for Exelon (NYSE: EXC).

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    After a plunging share price was coupled with a dividend cut, is there any reason to buy into this beaten-down utility? 

    Export terminals, natural gas, and the fate of nuclear power...

    Back in February, Exelon's CEO Christopher Crane had the following to say:

    "Right now at our nuclear sites, we're continuing to see depressed prices at points more »

  • 5 Diversified Dividend Stocks for Income Investors

    By Nur Tarkak - June 6, 2013 | Tickers: AGNC, DUK, EXC, MAT, MHFI

    Most income-oriented investors are hardly convinced about the safety of their investments in stocks, given the highly volatility in trading. However, the investment risk is substantially reduced in large-cap dividend companies due to their relatively solid and stable financials. Investing in dividend stocks may not make someone rich overnight, but it can help provide a good retirement portfolio. So, for conservative investors looking for safer investments for their retirement, high-yielding 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 »

  • Avoiding A Sweeney Todd Haircut

    By Reuben Brewer - May 20, 2013 | Tickers: ARLP, MO, EXC

    Bill Gross of PIMCO recently compared the risk of investing today to a Sweeney Todd haircut. No one wants to lose their head, but you can't collect dividends if you aren't invested. Gross suggests that investors “gradually reduce risk positions in 2013.” Here are some outside the box ways to do that.

    A Bubble

    In his May market commentary, Bill Gross explains that the best way to avoid more »

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