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Investing Topics: Utilities

Utilities Bob as Macro Conditions Change

By Roger S. Conrad on Mar. 21, 2017
The Dow Jones Utility Average has returned more than 10 percent since early December 2016, outperforming the S&P 500 by a few percentage points. It’s now reached valuations where the risk-reward balance skews to the downside. In this environment, investors should evaluate the macro forces that could bat these stocks about in coming months.

Three Strategies for a Mixed Performing Portfolio

By Roger S. Conrad on Jan. 16, 2017
Many investors ask themselves the most questions when their portfolio is performing solidly mixed. First written in Conrad's Utility Investor, here are three strategies and considerations for when your investment next steps aren't clear. We also include thoughts on what's happening in the high yield space, given investor enthusiasm for such names in recent weeks.

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.  

It Pays to Stick with Utility Stocks

By Roger S. Conrad on Sep. 5, 2015
The Dow Jones Utilities Average has been under pressure since late January 2015, when concerns about the Federal Reserve raising interest rates gave investors a reason to take profits and put the brakes on a rally that had pushed the index to a record high. Although utility stocks caught a bid in early July, recent weakness in the broader market has hit the sector, leaving the index at roughly the same level as a year ago.

Utility Stocks: Where We’ve Been and Where We’re Headed

By Roger S. Conrad on Aug. 4, 2015
In April 2013, I left my job of 25 years as founding editor of Utility Forecaster to form my own publishing company and write the investment newsletter of my dreams: Conrad’s Utility Investor. The publication’s second birthday is as good a time as any to review where utility stocks have been and my outlook for where they’re headed.

TECO Energy Puts Itself Up for Sale: More Deals Coming?

By Roger S. Conrad on Jul. 27, 2015
Reports circulated earlier this month that Florida-based TECO Energy had put itself up for sale, prompting the utility to confirm that the firm had engaged Morgan Stanley to “explore strategic alternatives.” This news triggered a record single-day gain in TECO Energy’s shares and provides yet another sign of accelerating mergers and acquisitions activity.

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