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Comparing FirstEnergy’s Returns with Its Peers

WRITTEN BY Vineet Kulkarni

Total returns

Let’s see whether or not FirstEnergy’s (FE) higher yield enabled higher returns. In the last 12 months, FirstEnergy returned 30%, while it returned 34% in the last three years. We have considered stock appreciation and dividends paid in a particular period to calculate the total returns. In comparison, utilities (XLU) at large returned 21% in the last year and 34% in the last three years.

Comparing FirstEnergy’s Returns with Its Peers

Utilities versus the S&P 500

Utilities beat the broader markets in the past year but underperformed the broader markets in the past three years.

Xcel Energy’s (XEL) total returns were 32% over the past 12 months and 51% in the last three years. PPL (PPL) returned 24% and 5%, respectively.

FirstEnergy’s stable earnings might enable a healthier dividend profile and a less volatile market performance, which could bode well for the total returns going forward.

The S&P 500 returned 6% in the past year and 47% in the last three years.

To learn how top utilities stand in terms of total returns in the long run, read NEE, SO, DUK, and D: Analyzing Top Utilities’ Total Returns.

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