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  • 3 Utilities With Sustainable 5% Dividend Yields

    By David Dierking - August 16, 2013 | Tickers: APU, FE, SPH

    While some people certainly invest in utilities for growth potential, many like them for their dividend yields. While money market funds are still yielding just several basis points and the rest of the fixed income market is struggling to provide meaningful yields as the Fed continues to keep rates low, some investors are turning to dividend paying stocks to fill in the income deficit.

    Utilities have the benefit of being 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 »

  • Avoid These 2 Utilities

    By Faizan Chudhry - July 22, 2013 | Tickers: FE, PNW, XLU

    Utilities are generally considered to be low-risk businesses, providing investors decent risk-adjusted returns. Utilities are also favored by investors during uncertain and tough economic conditions, as they can offer attractive dividend yields even in a low-yield environment.

    Following the financial crisis of 2007 through 2008, investors' risk appetite decreased and utility stocks were in demand as they offered stable and consistent income stream. The Utilities SPDR (NYSEMKT: XLU) ETF has more »

  • Playing Utilities With the War on Coal

    By Dana Blankenhorn - July 17, 2013 | Tickers: FE, PCG

    Did you know there's a “War on Coal?” 

    According to coal producers, the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) new regulations discouraging coal-fired power plants amount to just that, an attack on jobs. 

    Of course, it's not just the EPA that's down on coal. A new analysis from Carnegie-Mellon University in Pittsburgh shows that the best places to site solar and wind plants today are where the use 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 »

  • Is Now the Time to Buy Utilities Again?

    By Lior Cohen - June 17, 2013 | Tickers: DUK, FE, TEG

    The recent slowdown in the stock market may raise the demand for “safe haven” and stable stocks including Utilities that tend to offer high dividend yields and are generally less volatile than other stocks. Is it time to reconsider investing in utility companies such as Integrys Energy Group (NYSE: TEG) and FirstEnergy (NYSE: FE)? Let’s examine the latest developments in the electric market and determine what’s up ahead more »

  • 5 Dividend Monsters Hedge Funds Love the Most

    By Meena Krishnamsetty - May 31, 2013 | Tickers: AGNC, NLY, CTL, FE, LO

    Several weeks after the end of each quarter, hedge funds and other major investors are required to file 13Fs with the SEC, disclosing many of their long equity holdings as of the end of the previous quarter. While the information in these filings is a bit old, there are a few ways to make use of it. For one, we have found that the most popular small cap stocks among more »

  • High-Powered Dividends, or Hanging By a Wire?

    By Chris Hodge - May 30, 2013 | Tickers: ETR, FE, PPL

    The power of a company is the money it puts in your pocket. Unfortunately, it's not always easy to tell by looking whether a given company is likely to keep doing that in the future. Great dividends are worth some research, but companies that pay sporadically or don't have the guts to keep paying should never enter a serious portfolio. Let's check out a few ideas in 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 »

  • Will the Rally of Utility Companies Continue?

    By Lior Cohen - April 12, 2013 | Tickers: DUK, FE, TEG

    Shares of leading Utilities companies have rallied in the stock market in recent weeks. Was their rally based on fundamental change in the utility industry? Will utility companies such as Duke Energy (NYSE: DUK) and FirstEnergy (NYSE: FE) continue to trade up?

    In the past month, shares of several leading Utility companies rallied: shares of FirstEnergy increased by 9.6%; Duke Energy’s stock rose by 4.5%; Integrys Energy more »

  • Is This Utility Company Worth Owning?

    By Lior Cohen - March 5, 2013 | Tickers: EXC, FE, PEG

    The utility companies are considered a safe haven investment with high dividend yield worth having in your portfolio. But are all utility companies worth owning? One company that didn't perform well in 2012 was Public Service Enterprise Group (NYSE: PEG). Is this company still considered a safe haven investment? How is it performing compared to other leading utility companies?

    2012 Wasn't Good for Public Service Enterprise Group

    PSEG more »

  • Is This Utility Company Still Worth It?

    By Lior Cohen - February 13, 2013 | Tickers: AEP, DUK, EXC, FE

    Shares of Exelon (NYSE: EXC) have rallied during 2013 by nearly 6.8%. But the company's stock has yet to recover from its tumble by 29% during 2012. The company’s management has recently decided to slash the dividend payment. This decision, however, was already taken into account a few months back when the rumors already had started. This decision might pull away many investors who seek a high more »


    By Shruti Agarwal - February 7, 2013 | Tickers: AEP, DUK, FE


    Utility company stocks have always been the savior of people, who are devastated, retired, widows or orphans because it’s safe to invest in companies which are stable and give high returns. Further, the low interest rates of these dividend stocks are now attracting even a broader group of investors.





    FirstEnergy Corp. (NYSE: FE) is a diversified energy company which generates, transmits and distributes electricity. But recently more »

  • Profit From Red Tape and Government Mandated Growth

    By Joshua Bondy - January 29, 2013 | Tickers: AEP, FE, ITC

    It is obvious that America needs to update her energy infrastructure and the government is willing to offer high ROE in order to spur new investment. Still, the approval of new interstate transmission lines can be a very costly and drawn out process. These political barriers benefit current insiders as they raise the barriers to entry. The strongest players in the transmission market are set to grow and profit along more »

  • Why Coal Isn’t Going Anywhere

    By Lior Cohen - January 24, 2013 | Tickers: AEP, ACI, CSX, FE, BTU | Editor's Choice

    The coal industry has taken a beating in recent years. The discovery of natural gas in the U.S. has reduced the role of coal in the electric power industry: In 2012, the demand for coal has declined and coal companies, such as Arch Coal (NYSE: ACI), have suffered from this drop in consumption. So, is it time to count out coal? I think this sentiment is premature.

    Consumption for more »

  • Is This Utility Company able to turn it around?

    By Lior Cohen - January 4, 2013 | Tickers: AEP, DUK, EXC, FE

    Exelon Corporation (NYSE: EXC) hasn't performed well during 2012: shares of the company plummeted by nearly 29% year-to-end. Other leading utility companies such as FirstEnergy (NYSE: FE) and American Electric Power (NYSE: AEP) also haven't done well last year. But Exelon, unlike other utility companies listed above, relies mostly on nuclear power to generate electricity. This could be one of the main factors that adversely affected the company more »

  • Will Utility Companies Continue to Trade Down?

    By Lior Cohen - December 7, 2012 | Tickers: AEP, EXC, FE

    The top U.S utility companies, including FirstEnergy (NYSE: FE) and Exelon (NYSE: EXC) continued to under-perform the market. Moreover, the recent quarterly report showed these companies didn’t do well. Will these companies' stocks further fall in the weeks to follow? Let’s examine the recent financial reports of these companies, the changes in these companies’ main inputs, and figure out where these companies are headed.

    During the year more »

  • 3 Utility Stocks Offering Substantial Yields

    By Dr. Osman Gulseven - November 26, 2012 | Tickers: ETR, FE, POM

    When looking at the electric utilities, you need to change your perspective and look from a different point of view. These stocks are known for their defensive nature and dividend yields that are above average. In addition, this industry offers a below-the-average volatility compared to other industries. Therefore, investing in electric utilities is considerably less risky and may come in handy in uncertain times.

    The industry is in the down more »

  • Avoid These Utility Stocks

    By David Gould - November 9, 2012 | Tickers: DUK, FE, PPL

    While investors may have flocked to utilities due to macro uncertainty, they are likely to do just the opposite in a full recovery. Combined with the implications of a dividend tax hike (more than double the current rate), the potential for losses is substantial. Unfortunately, growth opportunities to offset the impact are few and far between. Accordingly, I generally recommend avoiding the industry and especially these producers...

    Too Little Free more »

  • Stocks to Cozy Up to Before Winter

    By AnnaLisa Kraft - November 9, 2012 | Tickers: AEP, ED, EXC, FE

    The Old Farmer's Almanac has predicted a colder winter than usual, especially for the Northeast and Mid Atlantic, so I'm throwing out a few names to keep your portfolio warm when the cold winds blow.

    Naturally, there's an electricity utility that covers most of these areas and has a 5.10% yield with 6 million customers. Con Ed you say? No, it's FirstEnergy Corp (NYSE: FEmore »)

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