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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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    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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    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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    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

    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

    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

    Dominion Resources’ 4Q16 Revenues Rose 20% but Stock Fell 6%

    Dominion Resources (D) reported its 4Q16 and fiscal 2016 results on February 1, 2017. The Virginia-based power and energy company reported ~$3.1 billion in revenues, ~20% higher than its 4Q15 revenues.

    By Vineet Kulkarni
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    How Does American Electric Power’s Credit Profile Look among Peers?

    At the end of 2Q16, AEP had total debt of $21.6 billion. Its DE ratio stands at 1.2x, while its debt-to-market-capitalization ratio is 0.7x.

    By Vineet Kulkarni
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    Earnings Report

    What Are AEP’s Price Targets ahead of 4Q16 Earnings?

    According to Wall Street analysts, American Electric Power (AEP) has a median price target of $66.81, which implies an estimated upside of 5% in the next year.

    By Vineet Kulkarni
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Looking at Duke Energy’s Generation Mix

    In 2008, coal accounted for almost half of the total power generation in the country, while coal-fired generation made up 30% of total power in 2016.

    By Vineet Kulkarni
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    Energy & Utilities

    Analysts’ Views and Price Targets for Duke Energy and Peers

    Analyst price target According to Wall Street analysts’ consensus, Duke Energy (DUK) stock has a mean price target of $82.30 and a current market price of $77.20, suggesting upside potential of 6.5% in the next 12 months. Among the 18 Wall Street analysts tracking Duke Energy on February 26, 2018, one had recommended “strong buy,” four had recommended “buy,” […]

    By Vineet Kulkarni
  • Energy & Utilities

    Why did the market punish Exelon?

    Exelon Corporation’s (EXC) stock has been hammered in the last six years. In 2008, the stock was trading at ~$90 per share. Early this year, the stock was available at less than $27 per share.

    By Matt Phillips
  • Financials

    Why different types of charts are used in technical analysis

    Chart inspection is the basic form of technical analysis. In technical analysis charts, we can customize the time frames in the charts. We can also identify different trends in different time frames.

    By Gordon Kristopher
  • Energy & Utilities

    GAMCO wants National Fuel Gas to spin off its utility segment

    A spinoff? As we discussed in the earlier part of this series, National Fuel Gas’ (NFG) GAMCO believes a standalone utility company can participate in industry consolidation GAMCO Investors proposed in its filing, “We believe that a spin-off of NFG’s local distribution utility segment into a separately traded public company, thus creating two C-corporations (a […]

    By Samantha Nielson
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    Earnings Report

    How Analysts Rate American Electric following Its 4Q16 Earnings

    According to Wall Street analysts, American Electric Power (AEP) has a mean price target of $67.08, which implies an estimated upside of 7% in the next year.

    By Vineet Kulkarni
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Leaders and Laggards: How Top Utility Stocks Fared Last Week

    Utilities had marginal gains last week and underperformed broader markets. The Utilities Select Sector SPDR ETF (XLU) rose 0.05%.

    By Vineet Kulkarni
  • Energy & Utilities

    Must-know: Duke’s top institutional owners

    Duke Energy (DUK) is one of the most popular stocks for institutional investors in the utilities industry. Duke’s strong yields and stable business model have attracted institutional investors.

    By Matt Phillips
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    Energy & Utilities

    Overview: Proposal could shift electricity generators’ asset-mix

    Major power companies have noted that they’re in the process of shifting their portfolios away from coal towards natural gas.

    By Alex Chamberlin
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Clean Coal: The Future of the US Coal Mining Industry

    Clean coal aims to minimize the emission of harmful greenhouse gases with clean coal technologies.

    By Sheldon Krieger
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Why Dominion Resources’ Rally Might Not Be Done Yet

    The Brexit rally in utilities could push their valuations up. On June 28, 2016, Dominion Resources was trading at an EV-to-EBITDA valuation of 14.4x.

    By Vineet Kulkarni
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    Dividends

    DUK: Analyzing Duke Energy’s Dividend Profile

    Top regulated utility Duke Energy (DUK) declared a quarterly dividend of $0.945 per share in October. The dividend is set to be paid on December 16.

    By Vineet Kulkarni
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    Dividends

    What Sets AEP’s Dividends Apart?

    American Electric Power Company (AEP) declared a quarterly dividend of $0.70 per share in October. These dividends will be paid on December 12.

    By Vineet Kulkarni
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    Dividends

    A Must-Know Look at Consolidated Edison’s Dividends

    Consolidated Edison has a dividend yield of 3.4%, higher than utilities’ average of 3%. It declared a quarterly dividend of $0.74 per share in October.

    By Vineet Kulkarni
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    Energy & Utilities

    New England and the Pacific are great regions to produce power

    The US is divided into nine divisions. The Pacific and New England divisions had the highest year-over-year, or YoY, growth in electricity prices in September 2014.

    By Matt Phillips
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    Energy & Utilities

    Wholesale electricity prices mirrors natural gas price

    With the exception of Texas, wholesale prices in all other US regions were low.

    By Matt Phillips
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    Financials

    First Energy: An overview of a power utility

    First Energy’s operations include electricity generation, electricity sales, and transmission and delivery of electricity to six million customers in six U.S. states.

    By Matt Phillips
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    Energy & Utilities

    First Energy’s revenue mainly from regulated T&D

    First Energy operates in six northeastern U.S. states. This translates to a service territory of 65,000 square miles. These states are allowed deregulation of electricity, but First Energy’s T&D network remains regulated.

    By Matt Phillips
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    Energy & Utilities

    AEP and Entergy see elevated growth in electricity production

    Except for the Rocky Mountain, Southeast, and Pacific Southwest, all nine US divisions registered growth in week-over-week electricity production.

    By Matt Phillips
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    Importance of the stochastic indicator in technical analysis

    The stochastic indicator compares the stock’s closing price with the stock’s price over a certain time period. In an uptrend, the stock price tends to close near its high.

    By Gordon Kristopher
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    Why electricity prices vary across different regions in the US

    Electricity prices also vary across regions and states. Changes in regional electricity prices are also an important factor for the power utilities industry.

    By Matt Phillips
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    Energy & Utilities

    Utilities performance linked to regional electricity output

    The South Central and Pacific Northwest divisions saw the highest jump in week-over-week electricity production. Which utilities operate in these regions?

    By Matt Phillips
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    Energy & Utilities

    Why Utilities Are Still Attractive despite Their Valuations

    While almost all utility stocks are looking expensive right now, a T. Rowe Price analyst has called utilities “the most underappreciated” sector.

    By Vineet Kulkarni
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Utilities Stand Strong amid Volatile Broader Markets

    Utility stocks soared as Treasury yields fell on September 24. The Utilities Select Sector SPDR ETF gained 1.2% while the S&P 500 tumbled 0.8% yesterday.

    By Vineet Kulkarni
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    Energy & Utilities

    Is Joe Biden’s Green New Deal Really Feasible?

    Joe Biden has proposed a climate change framework that aims to zero down on carbon emissions and create millions of new jobs by 2050.

    By Vineet Kulkarni
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Why Utilities Underperformed the Broader Market Last Week

    The defensives and utilities sector fell more than 2% last week while broader markets fell just 0.3%. Here’s why.

    By Vineet Kulkarni
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    Earnings Report

    NextEra Energy Continues Its Earnings Growth Streak in Q1

    NextEra Energy reported its first-quarter earnings results on April 23. It posted adjusted EPS of $2.20, beating the consensus estimate.

    By Vineet Kulkarni
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    Earnings Report

    Analysts Expect Higher Earnings from AEP in Q1 2019

    American Electric Power Company (AEP) is set to release its first-quarter earnings results on April 25.

    By Vineet Kulkarni
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Utilities: How These Defensives Fared in March’s Last Week

    Improvements on the trade front with China pulled the markets higher last week, with the S&P 500 rising ~1.2%.

    By Vineet Kulkarni
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Duke Energy and Southern Company’s Payout Ratios

    Recently, US utilities’ payout ratio averaged ~65%–75%. Duke Energy’s payout ratio was 97%, while Southern Company’s ratio was 110% in 2018.

    By Vineet Kulkarni
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Comparing Duke Energy and Southern Company’s Dividends

    Southern Company is trading at a yield of 4.7%, while Duke Energy offers a yield of 4.1%—notably higher than utilities at large yielding ~3%.

    By Vineet Kulkarni
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    Energy & Utilities

    Is Dominion Trading at a Premium Compared to Its Peers?

    Dominion Energy’s (D) EV-to-EBITDA (enterprise value-to-EBITDA) multiple is 14.05x, and its five-year average EV-to-EBITDA multiple is 14.11x.

    By Rabindra Samanta
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    Earnings Report

    American Electric’s 4Q16 Revenue Rises 5% Year-over-Year

    American Electric Power reported its 4Q16 and 2016 financial results on January 26, 2017. It reported total revenue of $3.8 billion in 4Q16, a rise of 5% over $3.6 billion in 4Q15.

    By Vineet Kulkarni
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    How Is Southern Company Valued?

    Southern Company (SO) is currently trading at an EV-to-EBITDA valuation of 12x. Its five-year historical average valuation multiple is 11x.

    By Vineet Kulkarni
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    Miscellaneous

    Inside NextEra Energy’s Latest Price Targets

    NextEra Energy (NEE) is looking at an estimated gain of 14% through next year—one of the highest among the S&P 500 utilities.

    By Vineet Kulkarni
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    Earnings Report

    How Is NextEra Energy Valued before Its 4Q16 Results?

    On January 19, 2017, NextEra Energy (NEE) was trading at an EV-to-EBITDA ratio of 11x. Its five-year historical average valuation multiple stands near 11x.

    By Vineet Kulkarni
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    Earnings Report

    Why NextEra Energy Likely Continued Its Strong Performance in 4Q16

    Renewables giant NextEra is estimated to report total revenues of ~$4.6 billion for 4Q16, as compared to total revenues of just over $4 billion in 4Q15.

    By Vineet Kulkarni
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    Earnings Report

    What’s American Electric Power’s Current Valuation?

    Just like many other utility companies, American Electric Power (AEP) rallied sharply in the first half of last year but fell in the latter half.

    By Vineet Kulkarni
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    Earnings Report

    Will American Electric Power Beat 4Q16 Earnings Estimates?

    According to analyst estimates, American Electric Power (AEP) will report earnings of $0.54 per share.

    By Vineet Kulkarni
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    Miscellaneous

    Volatile Utility Stocks That Have Been Moving Lately

    NRG Energy has risen 6.9% on a year-to-date basis. It has the highest implied volatility of all the utility companies that make up the Utilities Select Sector SPDR ETF.

    By Rabindra Samanta
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Growth Prospects and Analyst Price Targets for Duke Energy

    The consensus price target for Duke Energy (DUK) for the next year is $80.88, which implies an upside of 9.5% from its current market price of $73.88.

    By Vineet Kulkarni
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Why Does Duke Energy Yield Better Than the Industry Average?

    Duke Energy is one of the highest-yielding S&P 500 Utilities stocks. Its large regulated operations fetch stable earnings and offer stable dividends.

    By Vineet Kulkarni
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    AEP, DUK, and SO: Are Utilities Trading Cheap?

    Investors may find US utilities cheaper compared to where they were a couple of months ago.

    By Vineet Kulkarni
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    SO, DUK, and AEP: Analyzing Top Utilities’ Current Valuations

    On November 23, 2016, Southern Company was trading at an EV-to-EBITDA (enterprise value to earnings before interest, tax, depreciation, and amortization) multiple of slightly more than 12x.

    By Vineet Kulkarni
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    A Look at NextEra Energy’s Return on Equity

    NextEra Energy’s consolidated ROE has stayed above 12% for a couple of quarters—higher than the authorized ROE of 11% and the industry average of 10%.

    By Vineet Kulkarni
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Understanding the Total Returns of Top US Utilities

    American Electric Power (AEP) has returned nearly 25% in the past year. The stock has rallied more than 12% since the start of 2016.

    By Vineet Kulkarni
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    How Is American Electric Power Valued Compared to Peers?

    On September 16, AEP traded at an EV-to-EBITDA valuation of 10x. Its five-year historical average EV-to-EBITDA ratio is 9x. The industry average is ~11x.

    By Vineet Kulkarni
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Why AEP Plans to Sell Merchant Capacity to Blackstone, ArcLight

    AEP’s four power plants located in Ohio and Indiana will be sold to a new joint venture of Blackstone and ArcLight Capital Partners for $2.2 billion.

    By Vineet Kulkarni
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    Energy & Utilities

    Returns of Utility Stocks with High and Low Implied Volatility

    Southern Company (SO) has the lowest implied volatility figure of all the utility companies. Its YTD returns are 11.6%. Its five-day returns are 2.5%.

    By Rabindra Samanta
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Utilities’ Free Cash Flow Continues Downtrend, AEP No Exception

    AEP’s free cash flow for 2015 declined to $218 million from $367 million in 2014.

    By Vineet Kulkarni
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    AEP Targets Earnings Growth in 2016 Despite Challenges

    Over the next few years, AEP management will be targeting annual earnings growth of 4% to 6%, strongly supported by the company’s regulated operations.

    By Vineet Kulkarni
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Could AEP’s Sales Mix Grow Healthier If Its Merchant Arm Goes?

    AEP’s generation and marketing segment operates in wholesale energy markets.

    By Vineet Kulkarni
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    Earnings Report

    What Does American Electric Power’s Current Valuation Indicate?

    American Electric Power and FirstEnergy (FE) closed down by 2.5% and 11%, respectively, on April 28 when federal regulators blocked income guarantees for their power plants.

    By Vineet Kulkarni
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    Earnings Report

    American Electric Power’s 1Q16 Earnings: EPS Fell by 20%

    American Electric Power’s total revenues in the quarter came in at $4 billion, missing analysts’ estimates. It reported revenues of $4.7 billion in the same quarter last year.

    By Vineet Kulkarni
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    Earnings Report

    Divesting Merchant Generation to Improve AEP’s Risk Profile

    American Electric Power’s (AEP) Vertically Integrated Utilities segment plays a key role in driving its performance, accounting for more than half of its total operating income.

    By Vineet Kulkarni
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    Earnings Report

    Analysts Expect Lower Earnings from AEP in 1Q16

    American Electric Power (AEP) is set to report its 1Q16 results on April 28, 2016. Wall Street analysts are estimating it to report earnings of $1.06 per share in 1Q16.

    By Vineet Kulkarni
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    Earnings Report

    S&P Downgrades Dominion after Questar Announcement

    On February 1, 2016, Standard & Poor’s downgraded Dominion Resources to a credit rating of BBB+ with a stable outlook. The move came after Dominion announced its merger with Questar.

    By Vineet Kulkarni
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    Earnings Report

    What Is the Outlook for American Electric Power?

    American Electric Power’s focus on regulated operations can improve its earnings stability. The stock is currently yielding 3.8% as of January 28, 2016.

    By Vineet Kulkarni
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    Earnings Report

    Higher Interest Rates Could Be Detrimental to Utilities

    Over the past five years, utilities (XLU) have significantly increased their leverage. In fact, this is one of the industries that benefitted from near-zero interest rates.

    By Vineet Kulkarni
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    Earnings Report

    AEP’s Regulated Segment Boosted 4Q15 Earnings

    American Electric Power’s (AEP) vertically integrated utilities posted strong growth during the quarter. This segment witnessed a $0.12 per share rise in operating earnings.

    By Vineet Kulkarni
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    Earnings Report

    Most Analysts Recommend a “Buy” on NextEra Energy

    Following NextEra Energy’s 4Q15 earnings, analysts have a one-year price target of $119 for NEE against its current market price of $108.

    By Vineet Kulkarni
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    Earnings Report

    NextEra Energy Beats Expectations, Reports Stellar Growth

    NextEra Energy reported its 4Q15 earnings on January 28, 2016. NextEra continued its stellar performance, with its net income rising 17% year-over-year.

    By Vineet Kulkarni
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    Earnings Report

    Rising Interest Rates to Impact NextEra’s Stock Performance

    Utilities showed a dismal performance in 2015 due to the fear of higher interest rates. The shares of NextEra rose sharply in December 2015 by gaining 8%.

    By Vineet Kulkarni
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    Earnings Report

    Will Southern Company’s Revenues Beat Estimates in 4Q15?

    If Southern Company meets analysts’ estimates this quarter, it would be 15% rise in revenues over those of 4Q14.

    By Vineet Kulkarni
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    NextEra Energy Seeks Capacity Addition Using Renewables

    NEE is further expanding its renewables footprint. In 9M15, it added 225 megawatts of wind capacity and 115 megawatts of solar generation capacity.

    By Vineet Kulkarni
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Con Edison Allocates Most of Its Capital to Regulated Segment

    The regulated electric and gas distribution segments have been the top performers for Con Edison. However, Con Edison sees room for expansion in these areas.

    By Vineet Kulkarni
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    SCANA’s Main Energy Source to Shift from Coal to Nuclear

    GENCO is SCANA’s subsidiary that looks after the power generation segment. It has a capacity of 605 megawatts and sells the generated power only to SCE&G.

    By Vineet Kulkarni
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    An Analysis of the Operating Structure of PPL

    PPL is concentrated in the UK. It manages utility operations through PPL Global, PPL Electric, Louisville Gas and Electric, and Kentucky Utilities.

    By Vineet Kulkarni
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    What You Should Know about Con Edison’s Operating Structure

    Con Edison handles its competitive energy business through its three wholly-owned subsidiaries: Con Edison Solutions, Con Edison Energy, and Con Edison Development.

    By Vineet Kulkarni
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    A Key Overview of FirstEnergy’s Operating Structure

    FirstEnergy’s revenues are primarily derived from electric services provided by ten subsidiaries. The company serves a combined population of ~13.5 million.

    By Vineet Kulkarni
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    FirstEnergy Relies Heavily on Coal for Power Generation

    FirstEnergy generates power from a diverse mix of primary energy sources but is primarily dependent on coal, which accounts for 57% of its power generation.

    By Vineet Kulkarni
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Utilities Will Concentrate on Transmission and Distribution

    Utilities (IDU) wanted to enhance their operational efficiency when their top line grew. However, the earnings failed to impress.

    By Vineet Kulkarni
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    Earnings Report

    FuelCell Energy Falls after Reverse Split and Fiscal 4Q15 Results

    A global player in fuel cell power plants, FuelCell Energy (FCEL) reported its fiscal 4Q15 results for the period ended October 31, 2015.

    By Vineet Kulkarni
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Duke Energy: Analyzing the Fuel Mix of the Largest Utility

    In 2014, 42% of electricity generated by Duke Energy came from coal. It’s currently shifting its dependence from coal to renewable energy sources.

    By Vineet Kulkarni
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    American Electric Power’s Balanced Geographical Revenue Mix

    American Electric Power has a geographically diversified market combination, with a major chunk of its revenue coming from its homeland Ohio.

    By Vineet Kulkarni
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Moving Average Analysis of SPY’s Utilities Sector

    The average ETF weight of the electric utilities stocks in the SPDR S&P 500 ETF (SPY) is 0.08%. Their beta value is less than 1, and thus they’re less volatile.

    By Renee Blakely
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Analyzing Exelon’s Key Revenue Drivers

    Demand growth for electricity in the last decade has been sluggish due to increasingly energy-efficient devices and equipment.

    By Vineet Kulkarni
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    American Electric Power’s Revenue Mix

    American Electric Power’s primary operating segments are Vertically Integrated Utilities, Transmission & Distribution, and Generation & Marketing.

    By Vineet Kulkarni
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    American Electric Power: A Top US Electric Utility Company

    American Electric Power is one of the top electric utility companies in the United States, serving more than 5.4 million customers located in 11 states.

    By Vineet Kulkarni
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    Earnings Report

    AES Is Streamlining Its Balance Sheet to Generate Cash

    AES is taking steps to streamline its operations and reduce complexity, exiting many markets and businesses where it doesn’t have a competitive advantage.

    By Pearl Adams
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    How Does AES Manage Its Businesses across 18 Countries?

    AES has businesses spread across 18 countries and has various operating subsidiaries, each focusing on a specific area of business.

    By Pearl Adams
  • Energy & Utilities

    Why National Fuel Gas’s Utility segment’s earnings are down

    National Fuel Gas (NFG), which is seeing activism from GAMCO Investors, noted in its latest fiscal 3Q14 results that its earnings growth was driven by higher earnings in the Midstream and Upstream businesses.

    By Samantha Nielson
  • Energy & Utilities

    Must-know: Why the electric utilities industry is important

    The electric utilities industry is important for the economy because all businesses require electricity to operate. The EIA predicts that electricity demand in the U.S. will increase by 29% from 2012 to 2040. It will require more electricity to be generated.

    By Matt Phillips
  • Energy & Utilities

    Must-know: Electric utility tariffs and pricing

    The residential tariff for electricity is the most expensive. In contrast, the tariff for industrial electricity is the cheapest in the U.S. Some of the differences in the costs are a result of higher distribution and stepping down—reduction in voltage—cost. The cost is associated with the residential supply of electricity.

    By Matt Phillips
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    Energy & Utilities

    Must-know: The supply chain delivers electricity

    The industry’s supply chain consists of three broad categories—generation, transmission, and distribution. Power generation requires a fuel source—for example, coal, nuclear, natural gas, or wind—and a power plant to convert the fuel source into electricity.

    By Matt Phillips
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