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Utility M&A Update

By Roger S. Conrad on Sep. 8, 2016
Consolidation continues apace in the utility sector, as operators seek to take advantage of frothy stock prices to improve their economies of scale and increase their exposure to growing demand for natural gas. We update our takes on the various pending acquisitions involving the more than 200 essential-services stocks that we cover in our Utility Report Card.

Barron’s Bashes Utility Stocks for All the Wrong Reasons

By Roger S. Conrad on Aug. 2, 2016
Last month, Barron's published a sensationalist article warning of a looming death spiral for US electric utilities and traditional power generators. Although stretched valuations may mean that utility stocks are overdue for a pullback in the near term, the sector's future prospects remain undiminished.

More Deals on the Horizon for Exelon?

By Roger S. Conrad on Apr. 19, 2016
Although Exelon could be forgiven for swearing off future deals after enduring a painfully drawn-out approval process for its acquisition of Pepco, the management team has expressed an appetite for another merger. If the company completed due diligence on an alternative acquisition, a follow-up deal could come sooner than you might expect.  

Why Utility Stocks, Not Tesla Motors, Are the Smart Bet on Electric Cars

By Roger S. Conrad on Mar. 30, 2016
Investors prize utility stocks for their resilience, but don't overlook their upside exposure to several secular growth trends--including the electric car's long-term potential.

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