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Which Utility Will Pay Higher Dividends in 2017?

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Top utilities and their dividends

NextEra Energy (NEE) paid dividends of $3.48 per share in 2016. In 2017, it’s expected to pay dividends of $3.93 per share. The following chart shows the annual dividends of top utilities by market capitalization in the US. Southern Company (SO), NextEra Energy’s peer and one of the largest regulated utilities, is expected to pay annualized dividends of $2.30 per share this year.

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Among the top utilities (XLU), Dominion Resources’ dividends are expected to rise 8% annually, while Southern Company (SO) and Duke Energy’s (DUK) dividends are expected to rise ~5% in the next few years.

Read NextEra and Dominion: Which Offers Better Dividend Prospects? for a dividend comparison between NextEra Energy and Dominion Resources.

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