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Inside Xcel Energy's Key Indicators: What Recent Changes Suggest

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How Xcel Energy’s Total Returns Measure up to Peers

Xcel Energy’s total returns

Xcel Energy (XEL) is outperforming its peers when it comes to total returns. In the past year, XEL has returned 13%, while the Utilities Select Sector SPDR ETF (XLU) has only managed to return 9%.

We should note that total returns are a precise way of measuring utilities’ performances because they consider both capital gains and dividend payments over a particular period.

How Xcel Energy’s Total Returns Measure up to Peers

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By comparison, large-cap peer Southern Company (SO) has registered total returns of 2.5% in the past year, underperforming the industry significantly, while NextEra Energy (NEE) has led peers with total returns of 14% during the same period.

For more on industry total returns, you might be interested in reading Market Realist’s series Where Utility Returns Stood among Other Sectors in 1Q17.

In the next part of this series, we’ll take a key look at the implied volatilities of Xcel Energy and its major peers.

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