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    Energy & Utilities

    Power utilities cheer investors with blockbuster returns in 2014

    US power companies distribute a high percentage of their income to shareholders as dividends. Total returns are a better parameter to evaluate the sector’s performance.

    By Matt Phillips
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    Earnings Report

    What’s Public Service Enterprise’s Valuation after 2Q Earnings?

    As of July 29, 2016, Public Service Enterprise Group (PEG) is trading at an EV-to-EBITDA (enterprise value to earnings before interest, tax, depreciation, and amortization) multiple of 9x.

    By Vineet Kulkarni
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Utility Stocks Received a Target Price Change Last Week

    Analysts seem to be cautious about Xcel Energy stock. RBC raised Xcel Energy’s target price from $49.0 to $53.0 on January 18.

    By Vineet Kulkarni
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    Energy & Utilities

    Analysts Expect Decent Upside for FirstEnergy

    Though FirstEnergy stock currently looks to be trading at a discount, its earnings volatility might make it less attractive for utility investors.

    By Vineet Kulkarni
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    Energy & Utilities

    How Exelon Stock Is Valued Compared to Its Peers

    Exelon (EXC) is currently trading at an enterprise-value-to-EBITDA valuation multiple of 8.0x, which is higher than its five-year average.

    By Vineet Kulkarni
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Which Utilities Are Most Exposed to Troubled Nuclear Generation?

    US nuclear generation accounts for 9% of total US capacity. Its share of total power generation last year accounted for nearly 20%.

    By Vineet Kulkarni
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    Energy & Utilities

    How Wall Street Views NRG Energy Stock

    Among the total eight analysts covering NRG Energy (NRG), three recommend the stock as a “strong buy,” four recommend it as a “buy,” and one recommends it as a “hold.”

    By Vineet Kulkarni
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    XLU: Why Do Utilities Pay High Dividends?

    Utilities are often referred to as widow-and-orphan stocks due to their stable dividend payouts and smooth stock movements.

    By Vineet Kulkarni
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Investment-Grade Bond Fund Flows Slowed Last Week

    According to Lipper fund flow data, investment-grade bond funds saw net inflows of $2.2 billion during the week ended August 17, 2016.

    By Lynn Noah
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Why Is DTE Energy Trading below Its Historical Average?

    Currently, DTE Energy (DTE) is trading at a discount compared to its own three-year historical forward dividend yield. Its smooth rally in the last six months could be one of the reasons.

    By Vineet Kulkarni
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Analyzing AES Corporation’s Forward Dividend Yield

    AES Corporation (AES) is currently trading at a forward dividend yield of 3.6%.

    By Vineet Kulkarni
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    FE, D, EXC, or ETR: Which Utility Stock Stung Investors?

    Exelon (EXC) stock has corrected nearly 2% in the last year. Including dividends, its returns have come in at ~3%.

    By Vineet Kulkarni
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    Miscellaneous

    Cheaper Gas Poses Serious Risk to US Nuclear Power Generation

    Exelon (EXC), the largest nuclear power generator in the US, has warned it could close its Three Mile Island nuclear plant in Pennsylvania if it doesn’t receive state aid.

    By Vineet Kulkarni
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Historical Dividend Growth of 10 Top-Yielding SPX Utilities

    FirstEnergy (FE), one of the leading competitive utilities, has not increased its dividends since 1Q14.

    By Vineet Kulkarni
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Leveraged Loan Funds See More Outflows

    Leveraged loan funds saw an outflow for the week ending November 25. The quantum of outflows was $742.0 million last week—up from $306.2 million in the previous week.

    By Lynn Noah
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    A Look at Entergy’s Total Returns

    Entergy’s (ETR) dividend growth has been subdued in the last few years.

    By Vineet Kulkarni
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Standard Chartered Issued the Most High-Grade Bonds Last Week

    US financials and Yankee issuers commanded 34.0% each of the primary market high-grade bond issuance in the week ended August 19, 2016.

    By Lynn Noah
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Are the Top-Yielding Utilities Really Worth the Risk?

    Utilities are the highest-yielding equities, with their yields surpassing that of the SPDR S&P 500 ETF (SPY) by more than 100 basis points.

    By Vineet Kulkarni
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    Energy & Utilities

    Why Utility Implied Volatility Matters

    On August 9, 2017, Southern Company (SO) stock had an implied volatility of 11.6%, which is marginally lower than its 15-day average of 12.6%.

    By Vineet Kulkarni
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    Why AES fell even after earnings beat estimates

    Earnings beat consensus analyst estimates in 3Q14, but AES’ share price tumbled by more than 6% on result day due to management’s lowering of the 2014 guidance range.

    By Matt Phillips
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    Energy & Utilities

    Residential sector drags US electricity consumption

    The industrial sector’s electricity consumption has been strong this year, registering positive year-over-year electricity consumption growth for the last consecutive seven months.

    By Matt Phillips
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    Energy & Utilities

    NextEra to invest in natural gas production

    Natural gas prices fluctuate based on changes in demand and supply. Producing its own natural gas will lower NextEra’s gas procurement costs significantly.

    By Matt Phillips
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    Energy & Utilities

    Low exposure to natural gas power generation hurts First Energy

    First Energy’s 9% exposure to natural gas-fired power generation is quite low. This hurts First Energy, as producing electricity from natural gas provides a competitive advantage for power producers.

    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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    Energy & Utilities

    Why Southern Company is a great stock to own

    Southern Company (SO) has provided handsome returns to its shareholders throughout its history.

    By Matt Phillips
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    Energy & Utilities

    Southern’s earnings fell in 4Q14 – in line with street estimates

    Southern’s adjusted earnings per share, or EPS, decreased by more than 20% YoY this quarter. Southern’s adjusted EPS in 4Q14 was $0.38 per share.

    By Matt Phillips
  • Energy & Utilities

    Exelon’s strong overall stock performance in 3Q14

    Exelon is one of the best-performing stocks in the power utility industry. It’s seen gains throughout the third quarter.

    By Matt Phillips
  • Energy & Utilities

    Must-know: Who owns Dominion?

    Institutional investors hold most of Dominion Resources’ (D) outstanding shares. As of June 30, 2014, a total of 351.2 million shares were held by 1,069 institutions.

    By Matt Phillips
  • Energy & Utilities

    Why residential and commercial segments are important

    The residential and commercial sectors are the largest electricity consumers. They use almost three quarters of the electricity produced in the U.S.

    By Matt Phillips
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    Energy & Utilities

    Why falling natural gas prices could shake the power industry

    Contrary to popular belief, falling natural gas prices affect power companies adversely. Unregulated power companies are more exposed to the risk of falling gas prices than regulated utilities.

    By Matt Phillips
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    Energy & Utilities

    Natural gas pumps up Southern Company’s power generation

    Natural gas forms the major source of fuel for Southern Company (SO) and constitutes 42% of its installed capacity. This benefits Southern Company to generate electricity at a lower cost.

    By Matt Phillips
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    Energy & Utilities

    Southern used more natural gas due to costs and regulations

    In 4Q14, nearly 49% of the electricity generated by Southern Company came from natural gas-fired power plants. It was up from 42% last year.

    By Matt Phillips
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Utility Stocks: Target Price Changes Last Week

    According to analysts’ estimates, Ameren (AEE) could see downside movement of more than 3% going forward based on its target price of $70.8.

    By Vineet Kulkarni
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    American Electric Power: Analysts’ Recommendations

    For American Electric Power, five analysts recommended a “strong buy,” nine recommended a “buy,” and five recommended a “hold.”

    By Rabindra Samanta
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Is Exelon Trading at a Discount Compared to Its Peers?

    Exelon’s (EXC) EV-to-EBITDA (enterprise value-to-EBITDA) multiple is 7.57x.

    By Rabindra Samanta
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    Energy & Utilities

    FirstEnergy’s Price Targets and Analysts’ Recommendations

    According to Wall Street analysts, FirstEnergy (FE) stock has a mean target price of $37.50. Its current market price is $36.50.

    By Vineet Kulkarni
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Exelon Stock’s Current Valuation: What You Need to Know

    Exelon Corporation (EXC) is currently trading at an EV-to-EBITDA (enterprise value to earnings before interest, tax, depreciation, and amortization) valuation multiple below 8.0x.

    By Vineet Kulkarni
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    Energy & Utilities

    What Will Drive The Dividend Growth Of ETR?

    What is the dividend outlook? Entergy Corporation’s (ETR) present dividend yield of 4.6% has been driven by dividend growth and price loss. Dividends grew 2% each in 2016 and 2017. The dividend is projected to grow 2% in 2018. What is the projected dividend payout? The company recorded a dividend payout of 48% in 2016. […]

    By Amanda Lawrence
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    Energy & Utilities

    Analyzing ETR’s Potential Dividend Growth Drivers

    What led to the EPS decline? ETR’s cost of revenue fell 21% in 2016 before rising 15% in 9M17. In addition, gross profit expanded 3% in 2016 before falling 2% in 9M17. Operating expenses rose 8% and 14% in 2016 and 9M17, respectively, due to higher asset impairment and decommissioning charges in both the periods. […]

    By Amanda Lawrence
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    Energy & Utilities

    Which Utility Stock Is Best among the Top-Yielding SPX Utilities?

    Credit Suisse upgraded SO’s rating from “underperform” to “neutral” on August 3, 2017. It also modified its price target from $49.0 to $50.0.

    By Vineet Kulkarni
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    Energy & Utilities

    Understanding Utilities’ Chart Indicators: SO, ETR, and FE

    Southern Company’s (SO) 50-day MA has crossed below its 200-day MA, which can be considered as a negative sign.

    By Vineet Kulkarni
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    Energy & Utilities

    How SO, ETR, and FE Utilities Have Performed Recently

    In the past year, XLU has risen ~7%, while Southern Company (SO) fallen 7%, and FirstEnergy (FE) and Entergy (ETR) have corrected by 3% apiece.

    By Vineet Kulkarni
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    Miscellaneous

    What’s the Outlook for Nuclear Power Utility Stocks?

    Among the four utility stocks under consideration in this series, FirstEnergy (FE) seems to offer the highest possible upside given analysts’ price targets.

    By Vineet Kulkarni
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    Miscellaneous

    Why US Nuclear Power Generation Is under Serious Threat

    Over the last five years, five nuclear power plants have shut down their operations, and another six are planning to close by 2025.

    By Vineet Kulkarni
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Utilities Dominated the Market for the Second Consecutive Day

    On February 23, 2017, the S&P 500 Utilities Sector surged and closed at its highest level since September 27, 2016.

    By Val Kensington
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Analyzing Exelon’s Valuation after Its Recent Correction

    Exelon is trading at a fair valuation compared to last month. This change is more or less due to its sharp correction in August.

    By Vineet Kulkarni
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Is Public Service Enterprise Better in the Hybrid Utility Group?

    Hybrid utilities including Public Service Enterprise Group are shifting toward regulated operations, eyeing persistently weak wholesale power prices.

    By Vineet Kulkarni
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    Earnings Report

    Duke Energy’s 1Q16 Earnings: Weather and Sale of Midwest Assets

    Duke Energy (DUK) reported a 17% fall in earnings for 1Q16, mainly due to mild weather and the sale of the company’s Midwest generation business last year.

    By Vineet Kulkarni
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    Earnings Report

    PEG Maintains Its Guidance despite an Earnings Fall in 1Q16

    Public Service Enterprise Group’s (PEG) management reiterated its fiscal 2016 earnings guidance range of $2.80–$3.00 per share.

    By Vineet Kulkarni
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    WEC Energy’s Forward Yields and Dividend Growth

    Among our selected group of utilities, WEC Energy Group (WEC) has the highest expected dividend growth for the next two years. It’s trading at a forward yield of 3.4%.

    By Vineet Kulkarni
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Utilities: Forward Dividend Yield and Dividend Growth

    Utilities are largely trading at a forward yield of about 4%. Their dividend growth is expected to be 4%–6%. Their earnings are expected to grow in this range.

    By Vineet Kulkarni
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Will Entergy Be Driven by Gas Prices or Interest Rates in 2016?

    Entergy has released its 2016 guidance, which places earnings at between $4.95 and $5.75 per share.

    By Vineet Kulkarni
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Entergy’s Dividend Yield: Historical versus Forward

    Entergy (ETR) was trading at a forward dividend yield of 4.7% on March 9, 2016. Its three-year historical average yield is 4.8%.

    By Vineet Kulkarni
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Consumer Spending May Drive US Economy to Grow at 2.5% in 2016

    The US economy contributes about 25.2% towards global GDP. In 3Q15, the US economy grew at an annualized rate of 2.1% due to an increase in consumer spending.

    By Lara Sheldon
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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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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Declining Export Orders, Production Levels Slowed US Manufacturing

    The US manufacturing PMI fell to 52.8 in November, a decline of 1.3 points from October’s reading of 54.1. This is one of the weakest readings since October 2013.

    By Lara Sheldon
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Utility Was the Second Biggest Drag on SPY as NRG Energy Crashed

    The six-month beta of the stocks of AES, PPL, Public Service Enterprise, and Entergy was less than one. Meanwhile, NRG Energy’s six-month beta was around one.

    By Renee Blakely
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Rises in New Orders and Production Boosted US Manufacturing

    According to the Institute for Supply Management, the manufacturing purchasing managers’ index stood at 50.1 in October 2015.

    By Lara Sheldon
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    How China Helped Utilities Stocks and the XLU ETF Gain

    Out of 40 utilities we track, 38 gained during the week ended August 14. The Utility Select Sector SPDR ETF (XLU) gained 2.6%.

    By Mike Sonnenberg
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    Earnings Report

    Exelon’s share prices nosedived after the 4Q14 earnings

    Exelon’s fourth quarter earnings missed analysts’ estimates. This caused its share prices to fall. Its share prices fell by more than 3% since it announced its 4Q14 results.

    By Matt Phillips
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    Earnings Report

    Northrop Grumman’s Technical Services segment sees marginal drop

    Northman Grumman’s Technical Services segment saw its key metrics fall in both the quarter and fiscal 2014. International sales offset results somewhat.

    By Ally Schmidt
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