The upcoming election season is heating up, but overheated valuations are a bigger concern for investors in utility stocks. With a highly contentious presidential race likely to stoke strong emotions, investors should keep a level head and focus on what can actually change with election results. Above all, remember to bet on probabilities, not your personal politics.
SolarCity Corp continues to lose more money with each incremental sale. Meanwhile, electric utilities can leverage their low cost of capital, existing customer relationships and ability to recover capital expenditures in rate base to spur adoption of renewable energy.
In the US, renewable-energy developers continue to reap the rewards of favorable policies at the state and federal level. However, concerns about rising electricity costs and general opposition to government subsidies raise questions about whether this support will continue.
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