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Understanding the Total Returns of Top US Utilities

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Sep. 23 2016, Updated 7:06 a.m. ET

AEP’s total return

American Electric Power (AEP) has returned nearly 25% in the past year. The stock has rallied more than 12% since the start of 2016.

Notably, AEP’s dividends have increased by 5.7% in the past year, while its five-year dividend growth rate is nearly 4%.

US utilities (FXU)(XLU) have returned 24% in the same period. Remember, total return considers stock appreciation and dividends paid in any particular period.

But what is the stance of institutional investors toward AEP and its peers? Continue to the next part of this series to find out.

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