A Look at Total Returns of US Utility Giants



Total returns

Total return is a more precise way of analyzing utilities’ performance, as it considers stock appreciation and dividends as well. In the last one year, Duke Energy (DUK) has returned 8% while the Utilities Select Sector SPDR (XLU) returned 13%.

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In the same period, Southern Company (SO) returned 5%, and NextEra Energy (NEE) delivered total returns of 15%.

US utilities (XLU) stocks were climbing this time last year. However, the situation is very different now, partly due to expected interest rate hikes in 2017.

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