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  • 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 (, 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 »

  • 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 »

  • How Much Would You Pay For Nearly All of the Power in South Korea?

    By Ryan Palmer - July 24, 2013 | Tickers: KEP, PCG, SO

    When it comes to producing power in South Korea, one company absolutely dominates; Korea Electric Power (NYSE: KEP) controls 84.2% of the country's total electricity generation capacity. In many instances, companies with near-monopoly status are worth owning. Is that the case with Korea's No. 1 utility? 

    The Korean government is trying to increase competition

    When competition is lacking among suppliers, customers can end up suffering as a 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 »

  • 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 »

  • 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 »

  • "Turn On" These Utilities For Steady Income

    By Justin Pope - July 10, 2013 | Tickers: WTR, NFG, SO

    It is always a good idea to include some companies in your portfolio that provide a steady stream of income. Some investors like bonds, as they tend to be less risky than stocks. However, those looking for steady investments with a bit more upside than bonds can turn to utilities. Utilities are very stable and provide steady income to investors for various reasons.

    They're recession-proof

    The business model of 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 »

  • Will Fluctuations in Insider Transactions Affect Investor's Returns?

    By Shweta Dubey - June 26, 2013 | Tickers: CBS, LLY, SO

    Tracking insider transactions helps investors identify investment opportunities, as management is well aware of their company's future business prospects. If they're all running for the exits, it's probably a pretty bad sign. Here are three companies with significant insider transactions in the last six months.

    Table:  Percentage of Insider Transactions


    % of Insider Transaction

    Southern Company (NYSE: SO)


    Columbia Broadcast System (NYSE: CBS)

    (19.75 more »

  • Is Now a Good Time To Buy Utilities?

    By Zachary Scheidt - June 24, 2013 | Tickers: D, DUK, SO

    The utilities sector has often been considered a "widows & orphans" group of stocks, with a long history of paying healthy and reliable dividends that makes these stocks safe enough for even the most conservative investors. Since the beginning of the summer, these shares have declined significantly -- but even at discount prices, they still have serious risks. 
    The great capital rotation 
    To understand the current dynamics for this basket of stocks 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 »

  • Where to Still Find Good Yields

    By Damon Churchwell - June 19, 2013 | Tickers: ARLP, BCE, RAI, SO

    This year's market rally, with the S&P up about 15% during 2013, has rendered it more difficult to find above-average dividend yield investments. Most companies have not maintained elevated payout ratios (dividends as a proportion of net income), as share prices climbed. That said, there are a few industries where total-return remains an appealing factor, and healthy income can be received. The current 10-year Treasury bond yield, currently more »

  • Finding Boring in an Exciting Time

    By Ben Kovalick - June 18, 2013 | Tickers: DUK, NEE, SO

    A market that keeps hitting all time highs with the help of an impressive health care sector, an exciting technological revolution in 3D printing and the comeback being made by the housing market. These are exciting times and for most investors the fear of missing out can lead to taking on added risk that might not be necessary. Although there is a lot of growth still expected investors are still more »

  • Don't Be Afraid, Go Direct

    By Reuben Brewer - June 18, 2013 | Tickers: EMR, XOM, SO

    The deep market sell offs after the tech and housing bubbles have left a generation of investors with a changed view of the stock market. While a little fear isn't a bad thing, it is important to keep investing. For those who want to stay away from the stock market, direct stock purchase plans are a good way to buy into great companies without getting involved with Wall Street more »

  • Can These Utilities Keep Up With Investors’ Expectations?

    By Shweta Dubey - June 14, 2013 | Tickers: D, DUK, SO

    According to the Energy Information Administration, electricity consumption in the U.S. will increase from 3,841 billion kilowatt hours in 2011 to 4,930 billion kilowatt hours in 2040. The consumption rate will rise at an annual rate of 0.90%. This demand is triggered by improvement in the housing sector, global warming, and the ever increasing population. To cater to this, utility companies are playing an active role more »

  • The Three Best Dividend Stocks from the Utilities Sector

    By siraj sarwar - June 13, 2013 | Tickers: DTE, DUK, SO

    Investors can look to utilities for solid profits. Though the sector has not been able to match the highs of others or even its own former glory, there are steady increases to be found in utility companies. Utilities have shown especially good promise since the beginning of 2013, reaching a 5 year high at the end of Q1. The dividends for utilities exceed those of other sectors and give stable more »

  • With Southern Company, Nuclear Still Has a Chance

    By Joshua Bondy - June 13, 2013 | Tickers: CCJ, SO, UEC

    At times nuclear energy is hard sell. Even though the uranium doesn't emit large amounts of greenhouse gases or require complicated transportation pipelines, the threat of a radiation leak has many people ready to abandon nuclear energy altogether. Southern Company (NYSE: SO) is trying to prove that nuclear energy still has a future in America with a new nuclear power plant. Amid the negative sentiment, there are a number more »

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