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These SPX Utilities Could Gain You More than 10% from Here

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Analyzing NRG, SCG, FE, and AES’s Total Returns

Total returns

Let’s look at the total returns for our list of utilities. Total returns consider the stock appreciation and dividend payments in a particular period. In the past year, NRG Energy (NRG) thrashed peer utilities in terms of returns with its epic ascent despite its small yield.

Considering a long-term horizon, these four utilities underperformed broader utilities in the last three years. The Utilities Select Sector SPDR ETF (XLU) returned 12% compounded annually—including dividends.

Analyzing NRG, SCG, FE, and AES&#8217;s Total Returns

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SCANA (SCG) stands tall in terms of total returns in the last three years. During this period, including dividends, it returned 8% compounded annually.

Interestingly, NRG Energy is the biggest loser on our list in terms of total returns in the last three-year period. It lost 6% during this period, while AES (AES) lost 4%.

To learn more, read Comparing Southern Company’s Total Returns with Its Peers.

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