PPL Corp

  • 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 »

  • 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 »

  • 3 Utility stocks that remains attractive

    By Syed Shah - July 8, 2013 | Tickers: NEE, PPL, XEL

    Following the financial crisis of 2008, low interest rates prevailed which meant that utility stocks traded at premium valuations. Utilities are low beta business and it offers good risk adjusted returns. Investors also chased yield following the financial crisis, that lead to above market average multiples for utilities. Historically, utilities have traded at premium valuations when 10 year yield remained under 3%. Low interest rate environment is projected to prevail 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 »

  • Which Utility Is Worth Buying?

    By Bob Ciura - June 26, 2013 | Tickers: DUK, PPL, SO

    Utilities are the classic “widow-and-orphan” stocks. This phrase is most closely associated with stocks that provide reliable returns over time, ideal for investors who shy away from volatility. For investors who value stocks that pay high dividends, such as those investors in or nearing retirement, utilities have been relied upon as steady providers of dependable income for many decades.

    While earnings per share growth isn’t going to take anyone 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 Electric Dividends Offering Excellent Dividends

    By Cagdas Ozcan - May 30, 2013 | Tickers: ETR, IDA, PPL

    Electric utilities are famous for their defensive characteristics, as well as their fat dividend offerings. Electric utility equities operating in the States offered an average dividend yield of 4.5% as of August 2010, which is quite an attractive amount for most of the investors. These types of stocks perform well in times of economic crisis, which is why they are considered defensive stocks. People always need and pay for 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 »

  • Is This Utility a Good Play After Its Dividend Cut?

    By tarun bachhawat - May 10, 2013 | Tickers: AEP, EXC, PPL

    If a company that pays a huge dividend slashes it, investors tend to panic. But are dividend cuts always bad? I would say no, as in the last quarter when Exelon's (NYSE: EXC) management reduced their dividends by 41%, it was a smart move. It made available $700 million for the company. The company's performance has benefited from its shrewd decision making that can be gauged by the more »

  • Look Overseas For Great Utility Stocks

    By Bob Ciura - April 12, 2013 | Tickers: CPL, NGG, PPL

    Utilities are the classic “widow-and-orphan” stocks—meaning they are slow and steady providers of dependable income. While earnings per share growth isn’t going to take anyone’s breath away, utilities operate in a highly regulated industry and thus aren’t likely to collapse. Even in a dire economy, utilities provide investors the certainty of reliable earnings and dividends.

    For investors who also see the importance of geographical diversification, there more »

  • Look Overseas For Great Utility Stocks

    By Bob Ciura - April 12, 2013 | Tickers: CPL, NGG, PPL

    Utilities are the classic “widow-and-orphan” stocks—meaning they are slow and steady providers of dependable income. While earnings per share growth isn’t going to take anyone’s breath away, utilities operate in a highly regulated industry and thus aren’t likely to collapse. Even in a dire economy, utilities provide investors the certainty of reliable earnings and dividends.

    For investors who also see the importance of geographical diversification, there more »

  • Look Overseas For Great Utility Stocks

    By Bob Ciura - April 12, 2013 | Tickers: CPL, NGG, PPL

    Utilities are the classic “widow-and-orphan” stocks—meaning they are slow and steady providers of dependable income. While earnings per share growth isn’t going to take anyone’s breath away, utilities operate in a highly regulated industry and thus aren’t likely to collapse. Even in a dire economy, utilities provide investors the certainty of reliable earnings and dividends.

    For investors who also see the importance of geographical diversification, there more »

  • Three Stocks with Low P/E Ratios and High Growth Rates

    By Bob Ciura - March 21, 2013 | Tickers: CVX, DTV, PPL

    In today’s market, cheap stocks are hard to find. The Dow Jones Industrial Average recently set an all-time closing high, and the S&P 500 is not far behind. As a result, value investors who seek meaningful margins of safety from their stocks are frustrated by the lack of bargains available. If you set out to not only find cheap stocks, but cheap stocks that are also growth stocks more »

  • 5 Utilities to Consider

    By Ryan Peckyno - February 28, 2013 | Tickers: AEP, EXC, PPL, UIL, WR

    When I was a kid growing up, I used to love playing Monopoly.  But I never sought to own the utilities, because unlike the other properties you couldn’t build houses or hotels on them once you accumulated all of them. That means that if someone landed on one of your utilities late in the game you couldn’t bankrupt them.  By contrast, if you owned Park Place and Boardwalk more »

  • Which Utility Company Earns 5 Stars?

    By Grant Hosticka - February 28, 2013 | Tickers: CNL, CPL, ^DJUSUT, EE, PPL, SJI

    The CAPS Stock Screener is one of my favorite tools, because adding the views of peers (CAPS Star Rating) can always be helpful.  Today we're going to look at some 5 Star Utilities, and come up with a winning investment.  Additional criteria on this preliminary screen included P/E (0-20), Dividend Yield (>3%), and Return on Equity (>10).  Here are the 5 star competitors.

    Company Market Cap  P/E more »
  • How Bad Is This Dividend cut?

    By tarun bachhawat - February 15, 2013 | Tickers: EXC, PPL, AES

    Exelon’s (NYSE: EXC) quarterly results were nothing to be happy about, and the dividend cut further added to investors' concerns. Dividend income seeking investors might not be very happy, but I believe long-term investors do have a reason to smile. Let’s see how.

    Current numbers

    Exelon earned $0.64 per share, down from $0.91 per share in the same quarter last year. Revenue surged 44% to $6 more »

  • Five Noteworthy Dividend Increases for Friday

    By Brian Nichols - February 15, 2013 | Tickers: NHI, NUS, OXY, PPL, VTR

    In an economy where companies operate with record amounts of cash on their balance sheet and are slow to return capital to shareholders, it is always encouraging to see a company give back. As a result, I am looking at five companies that announced an increase in dividend on Friday or after the market closed on Thursday. These are high-yield stocks that might fit well into your portfolio.

    Overvalued but more »

  • 3 Dividend Darlings to Consider

    By Ryan Peckyno - February 7, 2013 | Tickers: DRI, LMT, PPL

    A few days ago I started searching for the best dividend paying companies.  Instead of just focusing on dividend yield, I looked for companies that are well-managed, have dominant positions in their respective sectors, have strong and stable businesses, are attractively valued, and pay a nice dividend.  After all, there are a lot of companies with higher dividend yields – but not very many that meet all of those criteria.

    Lockheed more »

  • Three Dividend Stocks You Must Buy

    By Madhukar Dubey - February 6, 2013 | Tickers: T, PPL, SCCO

    I wish that I had a dollar for every horrifying story I read about the fiscal cliff and its effect on the general appeal for dividend stocks. I have read so many by now that I wish I would have decided to backpack across South East Asia just to avoid them.  Ultimately, fiscal cliff fears surrounding dividend stocks were completely blown away. Dividend stocks still stand strong and income investors more »

  • Excelon Means Excitement or Exercise Caution?

    By Charlie Wagner - January 21, 2013 | Tickers: EXC, POR, PPL

    As Excelon (NYSE: EXC) neared its 52 week low, a family member asked for my opinion.   As an investment it certainly looked exciting- a P/E of 15, a yield of over 7%!! On the back of a steady decline to yearly low.. urk.. what does the market know about this obviously great investment?  I don't follow this stock, but a quick look at some news and some numbers more »

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