Which Top Utility Returned the Most in 2017?



Total returns

NextEra Energy (NEE) outperformed its peers in terms of total returns this year. It has returned 34% in 2017, beating the returns of broader utilities as well as those of broader markets by a huge margin. The Utilities Select Sector SPDR ETF (XLU) has returned 11% so far in 2017, whereas the SPDR S&P 500 (SPX-INDEX) (SPY) has returned 22%.

Duke Energy’s (DUK) and Southern Company’s (SO) total returns are ~12% and 6%, respectively. Dominion Energy (D) has returned 10% year-to-date.


These utilities’ healthy dividends have contributed to their total returns. We’ll discuss their dividend profiles a little later on in the series.

The stock of PG&E Corporation (PCG), one of the largest utilities, recently witnessed a free fall after the wildfires in California. You can read more about PG&E’s recent troubles in What PG&E Investors Should Know amid Mounting Challenges.

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