Integrys Energy Group, Inc.

  • 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 »

  • 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 »

  • 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 »

  • Are We Sure This Is Progress?

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

    When investors hear about a merger of two powerful companies, they usually expect that there will be some short term pain, but long-term gain. However, once in a while, a merger doesn’t go as expected and investors are left wondering what went wrong? Unfortunately, it seems this might be happening with Duke Energy (NYSE: DUK). Duke merged with Progress Energy to create an energy powerhouse. However, the cost wasn more »

  • 3 Stocks You Should Avoid

    By Mohsin Saeed - April 22, 2013 | Tickers: TEG, SNTS, TMUS

    Financial markets are going through turmoil with commodities in a free fall and continuous bad news from Europe. In these risky times even a little push can make the entire stock market tumble, which means that investors should go back to the basics and invest in value stocks. I believe the following three companies do not have a lot of value for investors and investors should stay away from them 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 »

  • 3 Reasons I Own This Stock

    By Chad Henage - April 10, 2013 | Tickers: DUK, EXC, TEG, SO

    I'm a firm believer that every investor should be able to explain in a few sentences why they own a stock. With each company I buy, I try to find multiple reasons that it's better than its competition. There are many people investing in utility stocks for their yield. If you ask me if I think there is a bubble in the utility sector I would say there more »

  • The Madness of March and an Elite Group of Eight: Part Deux

    By Jeff Binkley - April 10, 2013 | Tickers: DBD, GPC, TEG, VVC

    A few weeks back, I wrote about The Madness of March and an Elite Group of Eight. Since then we’ve seen a couple of Cinderellas emerge. One whose glass slipper fit surprisingly well (FGCU), until it shattered when dancing with her cousin from up I-75 a piece (Florida). Another whose ticket remains un-punched and now gets to dance at the biggest event it has seen since 1965 (Wichita State more »

  • 3 Reasons I Own This Stock

    By Chad Henage - April 8, 2013 | Tickers: DUK, EXC, TEG, SO

    I'm a firm believer that every investor should be able to explain in a few sentences why they own a stock. With each company I buy, I try to find multiple reasons that it's better than its competition. There are many people investing in utility stocks for their yield. If you ask me if I think there is a bubble in the utility sector I would say there more »

  • The Madness of March and An Elite Group of Eight: Part One

    By Jeff Binkley - March 4, 2013 | Tickers: MMM, DBD, DOV, EMR, GPC, TEG, PG, VVC | Editor's Choice

    Thanx for the great feedback.  I dropped the leprechaun stuff. (I had leprechaun on the brain... it's a long story.  I actually MC'd my local chamber of commerce dinner auction this past saturday as a Leprechaun in celebration of the upcoming St. Paddy's day holiday.)  Anyway,  thanx for the feedback. I have fully embraced the march madness theme and added some details about each of the first four "Division A" "teams".  Let me know if it works or not and any additional suggestions. I'll work on the "Division B" teams article (Part 2) while I wait for your feedback.  Best, Bink

    p.s.  I'm having a tough time getting your editorial comments actually being viewable on my screen.  They often just don't show up and I only catch them randomly.  If not too much trouble, shoot me an email as well.  Thanx again, Bink

  • From One Of The Best, To One Of The Worst

    By Chad Henage - February 19, 2013 | Tickers: DUK, EXC, TEG, SO

    I don't like being wrong about a company, but what I hope to do is limit my losses when I realize my investment thesis is off the mark. Peter Lynch once said that in the market there was no way to be right 100% of the time. He said in stocks if just 60% of the time he was right he would be very happy. For those who have an open mind about Exelon (NYSE: EXC), it's time to re-evaluate why you own this stock.

  • A Utility For The Long Haul?

    By Chad Henage - February 19, 2013 | Tickers: ED, DUK, TEG, SO | Editor's Choice

    When a company has raised its dividend for the 39th consecutive year, you might assume investors could count on the company well into the future. Since Consolidated Edison (NYSE: ED) just accomplished this feat, the company is in rarified air when it comes to dividend increases. However, in investing we are constantly reminded that past results are not an indication of future returns. Investors should question not only the sustainability of such a streak, but also the wisdom of investing in a utility in the current market.

  • 4 Reasons to Avoid This Company

    By Chad Henage - January 25, 2013 | Tickers: ED, EXC, TEG, SO

    I'm always looking for undervalued companies, and if they pay a good dividend that's even better. I used to own Exelon (NYSE: EXC) until it became clear to me that the company's main attraction, their dividend, might be in jeopardy. When you buy a stock for their dividend, and management hints the dividend could be cut, you have two choices. You can either accept the risk and hold on, or you can sell your shares and move on. I chose the latter strategy and sold. Not everyone has the same opinion though, and I recently watched a video on by Taylor Muckerman where he gave, “3 Reasons To Buy Exelon Today.” With due respect to Taylor, I'm going to go one better and give you four reasons to stay away.

  • An Insider Bought This Utility Stock

    By Meena Krishnamsetty - January 2, 2013 | Tickers: GAS, DUK, TEG, PNY, SO

    According to a filing with the SEC, the spouse of Piedmont Natural Gas (NYSE: PNY) Board member Phillip Wright purchased 13,000 shares of the company’s stock on Dec. 27 at an average price of $30.69 per share. We track insider trading activity- including when family members of an insider are buying- because even in these cases buying the stock reduces diversification, which is generally not rational unless more »

  • Four Numbers Say This Dividend Is in Trouble

    By Chad Henage - December 17, 2012 | Tickers: DUK, EXC, TEG, SO

    If you believe there is a dividend bubble in the market, look no further than the utilities industry. With companies regularly selling for two, three, or more times their expected growth rates, investors are asking a lot of this stodgy business. I know that these stocks appear to offer a better income stream than CDs or safer investments, but I fear for investors when short-term rates eventually rise. I realize more »

  • 3 Reasons To Consider This 5% Yield

    By Chad Henage - December 17, 2012 | Tickers: DUK, EXC, TEG, SO

    It's no secret that I believe the utility industry is a prime example of a dividend bubble. I've called out companies like Duke Energy (NYSE: DUK)Southern Co. (NYSE: SO), and recently Exelon (NYSE: EXC) as companies that have unsustainable payout ratios. The worst part is many income hungry investors see utilities as “safe” investments. One company that I like in the industry is a lesser known utility Integrys (NYSE: TEG). The company's recent earnings showed at least three reasons investors need to give this less popular utility a second look.

  • The Dividend Bubble Is Real In This Industry

    By Chad Henage - November 20, 2012 | Tickers: DUK, EXC, TEG, SO | Editor's Choice

    There has been a lot of talk about whether there is a dividend bubble in the stock market. Proponents of this theory say that investors are blindly piling into stocks that pay good yields without paying attention to valuation. Income hungry investors are looking at CDs and other accounts with very low rates. For people used to getting 4% or 5% yields, looking at a seemingly safe utility dividend looks like a good way to get the yield they want.

  • Buyers Beware: Defensive Stocks May Peak Soon

    By John Mylant - July 30, 2012 | Tickers: LNT, TEG, WEC, XEL

    All types of investors continue to flock to defense-minded dividend stocks even as the writing is on the wall that the nice ride may not last much longer. Here we have had a perfect storm: Defensive stocks growing in value yielding high dividends! Wow, I am in heaven. But signs of these companies becoming over-valued are cropping up. Stocks of large, dividend-paying companies have been a popular yield play at more »

  • An Undervalued Utility? Do those Still Exist?

    By Chad Henage - April 11, 2012 | Tickers: TEG, NEE, SO, XEL

    A few years ago I ran the Motley Fool CAPS Screener looking for dividends of over 5%. A utility that came up on this screen was Integrys (NYSE: TEG). I checked into this company and found that there was a pretty decent utility, hiding behind the complicated operating structure at the time. Investors were worried at the time, that Integrys couldn't maintain its dividend. While Integrys did lose its status as a dividend aristocrat, the company did not cut its payout. Today the company is a lot less complicated and has gotten back to its roots as a regulated utility. Based at least on its dividend yield the company's shares could be considered undervalued.

  • Which Energy Company Could Spark Your Returns?

    By Chad Henage - January 23, 2012 | Tickers: ED, TEG

    With earnings season upon us this is a great chance to compare companies you don't own to a company you do. I saw that Consolidated Edison (NYSE: ED) reported their quarterly results and decided to give this company a second look. This gives me an opportunity to decide if the company I own is the better value, or if greener pastures lie elsewhere.