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Vineet Kulkarni

Vineet Kulkarni joined Market Realist in July 2015 and has written more than 4,000 articles. He covers macroeconomics, renewables, and utilities. Vineet earned his master’s degree in business administration with a finance specialization. He's also a CFA Level 3 candidate. Apart from his passion for the stock markets, Vineet is an avid trekker and loves listening to classic rock.

Disclosure: I am in full compliance with all ethics and other policies for Market Realist research analysts. I am not invested in securities that I cover on Market Realist.

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    Earnings Report

    What Are Analyst Recommendations for Apache?

    Wall Street analysts gave mixed recommendations after Apache’s quarterly results. Apache shares fell 5% on November 6, 2015, after the earnings release.

    By Vineet Kulkarni
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    Miscellaneous

    A Look at Analysts’ Views and Price Targets on Southern Company

    According to Wall Street analysts, Southern Company (SO) has a price target of $51.22 compared with its current market price of $51.53. This implies an estimated downside of 0.6%.

    By Vineet Kulkarni
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Are These Utilities’ Earnings Enough to Attract You?

    US utilities (XLU) are targeting average annual earnings growth of 4%–6% for the next few years.

    By Vineet Kulkarni
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    What Investors Should Know about Dominion Energy’s Dividends

    Dominion Energy’s (D) payout ratio (the percentage of profit that it gave away in the form of dividends) was 81% in 2016, which is higher than the industry average and slightly on the lower side of its five-year payout average of 85%.

    By Vineet Kulkarni
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    In-Depth Look: Debt Servicing Eating into Operations Cash

    With large reductions in cash from operations and heavy burdens of fixed debt repayments, the ratio of debt servicing to operating cash flow rose in 2015.

    By Vineet Kulkarni
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    Energy & Utilities

    Analyzing Dominion Energy Stock before Its 2Q17 Earnings

    Currently, Dominion Energy (D) stock is trading at a 1% discount and a 1% premium to its 50-day and 200-day moving averages, respectively.

    By Vineet Kulkarni
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    Earnings Report

    Will Southern Company Beat Its Q3 EPS Estimates?

    Southern Company’s management has given an EPS guidance of $1.05 for the third quarter.

    By Vineet Kulkarni
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    Earnings Report

    Analyzing US Regulated Utilities’ Total Returns

    US mid-size regulated utilities outperformed their bigger counterparts in the past year. Their rally was much steeper—this boosted total returns.

    By Vineet Kulkarni
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    Earnings Report

    Southern Company’s 4Q16 Earnings Fell on High Operating Costs

    Southern Company (SO) reported earnings of $0.24 per share for 4Q16.

    By Vineet Kulkarni
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Are US Utilities Both Safe Havens and Overvalued?

    The rush to US utilities despite their already stretched valuations indicates their safe-haven appeal amid global turmoil.

    By Vineet Kulkarni
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Utilities with Maximum Returns in the Last Five Years

    NextEra Energy (NEE), the biggest component of the Utilities ETF (XLU), had total returns of 130% in the last five years.

    By Vineet Kulkarni
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Dominion Resources’ Higher Debt Confirms Its Stretched Financials

    Dominion Resources (D) depends upon both internal and external sources of financing for its capital expenses and dividend payments.

    By Vineet Kulkarni
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    Fund Managers

    A Look at Institutional Investors’ Holdings in Exelon

    In the past couple of months, institutions have increased their positions in Exelon by nearly 2%, from 85.6% to 87.2%, as of October 3, 2016.

    By Vineet Kulkarni
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    What Could Impact PPL’s Dividends in the Future?

    PPL’s (PPL) management expects fair annual earnings growth of 5%-6% through 2020, which will likely facilitate its dividend growth.

    By Vineet Kulkarni
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    How Top Utility Stocks Fared in the First Half of 2018

    The utility sector, among the most vulnerable to interest rate hikes, seems strong despite the rate hike in mid-June.

    By Vineet Kulkarni
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    Earnings Report

    Strong Dollar Will Likely Drag AES Corporation’s 4Q15 Numbers

    In 4Q15, AES Corporation is expected to report earnings of $0.33 per share in 4Q15—compared to earnings of $0.41 per share in 4Q14.

    By Vineet Kulkarni
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    A Look at American Electric Power’s Healthy Credit Profile

    American Electric Power (AEP) has an attractive debt profile, with the company’s debt making up just 7% of its consolidated debt.

    By Vineet Kulkarni
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    NextEra Energy: A Look at Analysts’ Price Targets

    According to Wall Street analysts, NextEra Energy (NEE) has the potential to rise 11% during the next year.

    By Vineet Kulkarni
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    How Utilities Are Likely to Get Impacted by Higher Interest Rates

    US utilities have been one of the main beneficiaries of the near-zero interest rate environment for the past ten years.

    By Vineet Kulkarni
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    How Higher Interest Rates Hamper Utilities

    The expected rise in US interest rates later this year may dent the profitability of utilities, given their higher outflows toward debt servicing.

    By Vineet Kulkarni
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    How Dominion Energy’s Dividend Profile Compares to Peers

    Dominion Energy (D), the third-largest utility, declared a per share dividend of $0.84 per share for 1Q18 last month.

    By Vineet Kulkarni
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Generation Capacity Additions: Which Source Will Lead in 2016?

    New power generation capacity additions in 2015 were mainly contributed by wind, natural gas, and solar. This trend is expected to persist in 2016 as well.

    By Vineet Kulkarni
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Will AES’s Unstable Earnings Even out Soon?

    AES’s management forecasts an 18% fall in EPS (earnings per share) this year due to currency fluctuations and weaker power prices globally.

    By Vineet Kulkarni
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    Energy & Utilities

    What Are Institutional Investors Doing with NRG Energy?

    Institutional investors decreased their positions in NRG Energy (NRG) in June 2016.

    By Vineet Kulkarni
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Southern Company and Duke Energy’s Payout Ratios

    For the last 12 months, Southern Company’s (SO) payout ratio was ~76%, while Duke Energy’s (DUK) ratio was close to 97%.

    By Vineet Kulkarni
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    Energy & Utilities

    Will Duke Energy Stock Continue to Recover?

    Currently, Duke Energy (DUK) stock is trading 3% above its 50-day moving average and 3% below its 200-day moving average.

    By Vineet Kulkarni
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    Earnings Report

    Is Xcel Energy Poised for Long-Term Growth?

    Xcel Energy’s (XEL) capital spending plan and actions to reduce regulatory lags could improve its earnings growth significantly during the next few years.

    By Vineet Kulkarni
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Dominion Energy and NextEra Energy: Impact on Dividends

    Dominion Energy (D) and NextEra Energy (NEE) are both offering double-digit dividend growth for the next few years.

    By Vineet Kulkarni
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    These Big Utilities Are Paying Higher Dividends Now

    Sempra Energy paid annual dividends totaling $3.02 per share in 2016, while EIX and PCG paid per-share dividends of $1.98 and $1.93, respectively, in 2016.

    By Vineet Kulkarni
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    Earnings Report

    NextEra Energy Stays Strong in Q2, Profit Rises 13%

    Renewables giant NextEra Energy (NEE) has once again shown its mettle, continuing its strong quarterly earnings streak.

    By Vineet Kulkarni
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    How Duke Energy’s Dividend Growth Has Trended

    Duke Energy’s (DUK) dividend growth rate in the last five years was well below the industry average.

    By Vineet Kulkarni
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    Earnings Report

    What Could Drive NextEra Energy’s 1Q17 Earnings?

    NextEra Energy (NEE) is estimated to report earnings of $1.53 per share for 1Q17. It reported earnings of $1.55 per share in 1Q16.

    By Vineet Kulkarni
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Duke Energy Expects Higher Dividend Growth

    Duke Energy (DUK) aims to increase its dividend per share 4%–6% annually for the next few years, which is in line with the industry average.

    By Vineet Kulkarni
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Top Utilities’ Total Returns in the Past Year

    NextEra Energy (NEE) leads the pack with total returns of 21% in the past year. NextEra Energy increased its dividend per share 13%.

    By Vineet Kulkarni
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    Energy & Utilities

    NRG Energy’s Chart Indicators after Its 2Q17 Earnings

    NRG Energy (NRG) stock has nearly doubled this year. Currently, it’s trading at a 25% and 48% premium to its 50-day and 200-day moving average levels.

    By Vineet Kulkarni
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    Energy & Utilities

    Analyzing Southern Company Stock

    Southern Company reported adjusted earnings of $0.88 per share for 1Q18 and exceeded the consensus estimates.

    By Vineet Kulkarni
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Figuring Out Which Is Better: Utility Stocks or ETFs?

    Though electric sales have shown flattish growth in the last few years, US utilities have managed to distribute stable or increasing dividends.

    By Vineet Kulkarni
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    Earnings Report

    No Analysts Recommend a “Sell” on Xcel Energy

    Of the 18 analysts tracking Xcel Energy, 13 recommend it as a “hold,” five recommend it as a “buy,” and none recommend it as a “sell.”

    By Vineet Kulkarni
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Southern Company Stock Remains Weak amid Vogtle Worries

    Southern Company (SO) stock has continued to show weakness recently amid increasing uncertainty regarding the fate of Plant Vogtle.

    By Vineet Kulkarni
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    How Has Duke Energy Performed Recently?

    Duke Energy stock is currently trading at an EV-to-EBITDA valuation multiple of 12.5x against its five-year historical average of 11.0x.

    By Vineet Kulkarni
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    These US Utilities Are Trading at Towering Valuations

    Dominion Energy’s (D) five-year average valuation multiple is around 14x, while the industry average is near 10x.

    By Vineet Kulkarni
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    Earnings Report

    How Does PPL Corporation Look ahead of Its 4Q16 Earnings?

    PPL projects earnings growth of 6%–8% annually for US utilities for the next few years, while its UK segment’s earnings are expected to be driven by the movement of the British pound.

    By Vineet Kulkarni
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    Miscellaneous

    Why NextEra Energy Seems Attractive Right Now

    According to Wall Street analysts, the top constituent of the S&P 500 Utilities Index, NextEra Energy (NEE), has a price target of $149.08 against its current market price of $141.07.

    By Vineet Kulkarni
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Utilities Debt: A Growth Driver or a Risk Alert?

    Utilities borrowed heavily in the post-financial crisis in order to take advantage of the near-zero interest rates. As a result, the leverage of utilities increased significantly

    By Vineet Kulkarni
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    What’s Ahead for Duke Energy Stock?

    Duke Energy rallied 9% in 2016, roughly tracking the Utilities Select Sector SPDR. Dominion Resources rose 12% in 2016, while Peer NextEra Energy rose 15%.

    By Vineet Kulkarni
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    Miscellaneous

    Where US Utilities Might Go from Current Levels

    Weakness in utilities became evident when the Utilities Select Sector SPDR (XLU) corrected more than 6% after hitting its recent high of $54.63 last month.

    By Vineet Kulkarni
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Huge Rise in FirstEnergy’s Short Interest: What It Means

    Short interest in FirstEnergy rose more than 17% on March 15, 2017. Total shorted shares in the company were 8.7 million on February 28, 2017.

    By Vineet Kulkarni
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Volatility: Risks and Rewards Go Hand in Hand

    The Sharpe ratio is calculated using standard deviation as its volatility measure.

    By Vineet Kulkarni
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Analyzing Top Utilities’ Current Valuation

    Currently, utilities are trading at a PE (price-to-earnings) multiple of 13x—compared to their historical average valuation of ~14x–15x.

    By Vineet Kulkarni
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    Miscellaneous

    How Do Analysts View Dominion Resources’s Dim Outlook for 2017?

    Analysts expect a 9.2% rise in Dominion Resources (D) over the next year.

    By Vineet Kulkarni
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    What’s in Store for Dominion Energy Stock?

    Dominion Energy (D), one of the laggards among top utilities this year, seemed strong lately and is currently trading close to an eight-month high.

    By Vineet Kulkarni
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    Earnings Report

    How Analysts See Dominion Resources ahead of Its 4Q16 Earnings

    Of the 21 analysts tracking Dominion Resources on January 20, 2017, four recommended it as a “strong buy,” while three recommended it as a “buy.”

    By Vineet Kulkarni
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    Earnings Report

    What Factors Triggered NiSource’s 2Q16 Earnings?

    NiSource (NI) reported its 2Q16 earnings on August 2, 2016. It reported net operating earnings of $0.08 per share in the quarter.

    By Vineet Kulkarni
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Why NextEra Energy Could Be an Attractive Option for 2017

    Of the total 18 analysts tracking NextEra Energy on December 27, 2016, five recommend it as “strong buy” while 11 recommend it as a “buy.” Two analysts recommend NextEra Energy as a “hold,” and none of the analysts offered a “sell” recommendation.

    By Vineet Kulkarni
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    Energy & Utilities

    Analysts Expect Huge Upside Potential in PPL Stock

    According to analysts’ consensus, PPL (PPL) stock offers a handsome potential upside of ~22% in a year with a mean target price of $33.5.

    By Vineet Kulkarni
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    Earnings Report

    Energy Transfer’s Strong Growth Continued in Q4 2018

    Energy Transfer (ET) released its fourth-quarter and full-year 2018 earnings yesterday.

    By Vineet Kulkarni
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Highest Dividend Growth: Comparing NEE, EIX, and AWK

    Utilities have been weak compared to the broader markets this year largely due to the strength in the Treasury yields.

    By Vineet Kulkarni
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    A Closer Look at Southern Company’s Kemper Power Plant

    Southern Company (SO), one of the largest regulated utilities, finished 2016 on a decent note.

    By Vineet Kulkarni
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    Energy & Utilities

    NRG Energy’s Valuation Compared to Its Peers

    Currently, NRG Energy (NRG) stock is trading at a forward PE ratio of 8.5x based on its estimated EPS in 2019.

    By Vineet Kulkarni
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    Energy & Utilities

    Dominion Energy’s Target Prices and Growth Outlook

    Dominion Energy (D) has a target price of $79.31—compared to its current market price of $77.86, which implies an estimated gain of 2%.

    By Vineet Kulkarni
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    Miscellaneous

    A Look at Dominion Resources’s Price Targets and Growth Outlook

    Of the 22 analysts tracking Dominion Resources on February 23, 2017, four recommended it as a “strong buy,” while four recommended it as a “buy.”

    By Vineet Kulkarni
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Southern Company Stock Surges after Its 2Q17 Earnings

    At 4.8%, Southern Company is currently the highest-yielding utility among the top utilities in the sector.

    By Vineet Kulkarni
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    Energy & Utilities

    Dominion Energy or Sempra Energy: Which Could Be Stronger?

    Dominion Energy (D) announced its agreement to buy SCANA (SCG) on January 3, 2017. The deal is expected to accelerate Dominion Energy’s earnings growth.

    By Vineet Kulkarni
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Which Utility Will Pay Higher Dividends in 2017?

    NextEra Energy (NEE) paid annual dividends of $3.48 per share in 2016, while Southern Company (SO) paid $2.22 per share last year.

    By Vineet Kulkarni
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    Energy & Utilities

    SO, NEE, and DUK: Looking at Top Utilities’ Price Targets

    Let’s have a look at the price targets for top utilities in this part of our series. According to Wall Street analyst consensus, Southern Company (SO) stock has a price target of $51.47.

    By Vineet Kulkarni
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    Miscellaneous

    What Do Analysts Think of Southern Company?

    Analysts have given Southern Company (SO) a consensus price target of $50.81 for the next year. This price target indicates a potential fall of 0.4%.

    By Vineet Kulkarni
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    Miscellaneous

    Do Analysts See Upside in NRG Energy?

    Of the 14 analysts tracking NRG Energy, five recommend it as a “buy,” four recommend it as a “strong buy,” and five recommend it as a “hold.”

    By Vineet Kulkarni
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    Earnings Report

    What to Expect From NextEra Energy and Its Peers in Q2

    NextEra Energy (NEE) will likely report its second-quarter earnings on July 24. The utility is expected to report an EPS of $2.28 for the quarter ended June 30.

    By Vineet Kulkarni
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Will US Utility Mergers and Acquisitions Increase after Brexit?

    Investors may prefer to remain safe during turbulent times and could turn to utilities as Brexit becomes a reality.

    By Vineet Kulkarni
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    Miscellaneous

    NRG Energy’s Price Targets and Analyst Recommendations

    According to Wall Street analysts, NRG Energy’s (NRG) price target for the next year is $20.36. That implies an estimated rise of nearly 12.0%.

    By Vineet Kulkarni
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    American Electric Power’s Dividend Yield Compared to Peers

    American Electric Power (AEP), one of the largest utilities in the country, has declared a dividend of $0.59 per share for the third quarter of 2017.

    By Vineet Kulkarni
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Comparing NRG Energy’s Valuation to Its Peers

    Currently, NRG Energy (NRG) is trading at an EV-to-EBITDA valuation of ~12x—compared to its five-year historical average valuation of 11x.

    By Vineet Kulkarni
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    Energy & Utilities

    These S&P 500 Utility Stocks Offer the Most Potential Upside

    NRG Energy (NRG), the leading merchant power player stock and one of the smallest components of the S&P 500 Utilities Index (XLU), has a mean price target of $36.50 against its current market price of $31.20.

    By Vineet Kulkarni
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    Materials

    How Do Barrick Gold and Newmont Goldcorp Stack Up?

    So far, Barrick Gold (GOLD) stock has been trading in a narrow range in the fourth quarter. The stock has risen almost 30% in 2019.

    By Vineet Kulkarni
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Which Utility Will Pay Higher Dividends in 2017?

    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.

    By Vineet Kulkarni
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Will US Water Utilities See the Early-2016 Days Again?

    US water utilities saw a big stock rally 1H16, rising more sharply than electric utilities. But they’ve lost most of those gains so far in 2H16.

    By Vineet Kulkarni
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    Earnings Report

    How Hurricane Irma Affected Duke Energy’s 3Q17 Earnings

    Duke Energy reported total revenues of $6.5 billion in 3Q17 against its revenues of $6.8 billion in the corresponding quarter last year.

    By Vineet Kulkarni
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    How NRG Energy Is Valued Compared to Its Peers

    NRG Energy (NRG) stock seems to be trading at a fair valuation compared to the industry average and its historical average.

    By Vineet Kulkarni
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Which Utility Delivered the Highest Total Returns This Year?

    Although utilities’ total returns were dominated mostly by stock appreciation this year, stable and increasing dividends were also an important factor.

    By Vineet Kulkarni
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    Energy & Utilities

    Do You Own Analysts’ Favorite Utility Stocks?

    Utilities witnessed an even harsher fall amid broader markets’ sell-off. However, utilities outperformed the S&P 500 in 2018.

    By Vineet Kulkarni
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Energy Sources: Capacity Factor and Capacity Additions

    Capacity additions in wind power have been quite volatile over the past few years due to uncertainty over tax incentive policies.

    By Vineet Kulkarni
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    NRG Energy Stock: Analysts’ Recommendations

    Among the ten analysts tracking NRG Energy, four recommended a “strong buy,” five recommended a “buy,” and one recommended a “hold.”

    By Vineet Kulkarni
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Institutional Investment in PEG in 4Q17

    The Vanguard Group added net 0.46 million shares of Public Service Enterprise Group (PEG) in 4Q17.

    By Vineet Kulkarni
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    Earnings Report

    Exelon Beats Earnings Estimates, Raises Guidance

    Exelon Corporation (EXC) reported its third quarter earnings on October 26, 2016. It reported earnings of $0.91 per share for the quarter.

    By Vineet Kulkarni
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Where NextEra Energy Stock Could Go in the Short Term

    Broader utilities (XLU) have witnessed notable weakness recently mainly due to the strength in Treasury yields.

    By Vineet Kulkarni
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    Earnings Report

    What Do Brokers Think of AES before 2Q16 Earnings?

    Wall Street analysts have given AES (AES) an estimated median price target of $13. It implies a possible upside of 3% in the next year.

    By Vineet Kulkarni
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Analysts Are Cautious on FirstEnergy but Expect a Robust Gain

    Of the 18 analysts tracking FirstEnergy (FE), eight recommend “buy,” six recommend “hold,” and four recommend “strong buy.”

    By Vineet Kulkarni
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Southern Company’s Dividend Outlook for 2017

    Southern Company stock underperformed utilities at large and the broader markets in the last five years. Southern Company stock rose 1% in the past year.

    By Vineet Kulkarni
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    NEE, DUK, SO, and D: Comparing Top Utilities’ Total Returns

    NextEra Energy (NEE) beat its peers in terms of returns in the last few years. NextEra Energy returned 14% in 2018.

    By Vineet Kulkarni
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    Miscellaneous

    NRG Energy Stock Rose 30% Due to Its Transformation Plan

    There was a tsunami in NRG Energy (NRG) shares on July 12, 2017. NRG Energy stock opened 19% up and maintained the uptrend throughout the day.

    By Vineet Kulkarni
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    Miscellaneous

    Are Analysts Still Positive about NextEra Energy?

    Wall Street analysts still seem positive about NextEra Energy (NEE), particularly because it’s risen so much compared to last year’s levels, resulting in its premium valuation.

    By Vineet Kulkarni
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    PG&E Stock Continued to Slide on July 15

    The large swings for PG&E (PCG) stock may not end anytime soon.

    By Vineet Kulkarni
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Understanding Duke Energy’s Price Target

    Analysts estimate that Duke Energy has a one-year price target of $80.4, which implies an estimated upside of ~3.5% from its current market price of $77.75.

    By Vineet Kulkarni
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    D, DUK, NEE, and SO: Top Utilities’ Dividends

    Dominion Resources (D) paid annual dividends of $2.80 in 2016. Duke Energy (DUK) paid dividends of $3.36 per share last year.

    By Vineet Kulkarni
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    Energy & Utilities

    Utility Stocks Slipped, Treasury Yields Raced to a Record High

    US utility stocks slipped 0.8% on May 15 after ten-year Treasury yields peaked at 3.1%—a seven-year high. Broader markets also corrected 0.7%.

    By Vineet Kulkarni
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    Earnings Report

    What to Expect from NiSource’s 2Q16 Earnings

    Analysts are expecting NiSource (NI) to report earnings per share (or EPS) of $0.07 in 2Q16. In the same quarter last year, it posted EPS of $0.18.

    By Vineet Kulkarni
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    Miscellaneous

    SO on the Street: Analyst Recommendations and Price Targets

    The consensus analyst price target for Southern Company (SO) is $50.76. Its current market price is $49.78, implying a rise of 2% over the next year.

    By Vineet Kulkarni
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    American Electric Power’s Total Returns Compared to Its Peers

    In the last year, American Electric Power returned 21%—compared to broader utilities’ average returns of ~11%. During the same period, SPY returned 22%.

    By Vineet Kulkarni
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    Earnings Report

    Brokers’ Recommendations for NiSource after Its 2Q16 Earnings

    According to Wall Street analysts’ estimates, NiSource (NI) has a one-year median price target of $25.11 compared to its current market price of $25.94.

    By Vineet Kulkarni
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    VPU Versus XLU: Which Utility ETF Is Better?

    Utility ETFs have performed well in the last one year. The Vanguard Utilities Fund ETF (VPU) has been no exception to this.

    By Vineet Kulkarni
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