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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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    Earnings Report

    Why Exelon Could Rally Even after Gaining 35% in 2016

    Exelon (EXC) is currently trading at a 4% and 13% premium to its 50-day and 200-day moving averages, respectively. The strong premium indicates the strength of Exelon stock.

    By Vineet Kulkarni
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    Earnings Report

    What’s ahead for NiSource after Its 35% Year-to-Date Rise?

    NiSource’s (NI) stock is currently trading at 4% and 16% premiums to its 50-day and 200-day moving averages, respectively.

    By Vineet Kulkarni
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Xcel Energy: A Look at Utility’s Total Return versus Its Peers

    Xcel Energy (XEL) has returned more than 25% in the last year. Its stock rally of 20% contributed significantly to its returns.

    By Vineet Kulkarni
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    Earnings Report

    What Does FirstEnergy’s Stock Movement Indicate?

    FirstEnergy (FE) is currently trading at a 6% and 9% premium to its 50-day and 200-day moving averages, respectively.

    By Vineet Kulkarni
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    Real Insights

    A Glance at the Progress of the Paris Agreement

    Although the United States was part of the Paris Agreement during the Obama administration, participation could be doubtful under the Trump administration.

    By VanEck
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Federal Spending and Interest Rates: Analyzing the Connection

    What about the impact on interest rates? Here again, there is no consistent relationship between spending and interest rates.

    By Russ Koesterich, CFA
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    US Utilities Returned 20% Last Year, and NextEra Tops

    Renewables giant NextEra Energy has outperformed peers by a huge margin in the past year, returning ~33%, which includes both dividends and capital gain.

    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

    RYU, FXU, and JXI: Will These Utility ETFs Outrun Utility Stocks?

    The Guggenheim S&P 500 Equal Weight Utilities ETF (RYU) invests nearly 80% of its portfolio in US utilities and 20% in telecoms.

    By Vineet Kulkarni
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    Miscellaneous

    A Look at How Funds Are Flowing into and out of VPU

    Since July 2016, VPU has experienced net outflows of nearly $320 million.

    By Vineet Kulkarni
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    NiSource’s Returns Outperform Peers’ by a Huge Margin

    For 2Q16, NiSource (NI) paid a $0.16 dividend per share.

    By Vineet Kulkarni
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Will US Retail Electricity Prices Climb in 2017?

    According to the EIA (Energy Information Administration), residential electricity prices in the US averaged 13 cents per kilowatt-hour in July 2016.

    By Vineet Kulkarni
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    Earnings Report

    A Look at Xcel Energy’s Total Returns

    Xcel Energy maintained its dividend payout ratio near 60% while it is targeting a 65% payout ratio in the next few years. This is in line with industry trends

    By Vineet Kulkarni
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Business Cycle Investing? Here Are the Sectors You Should Look At

    We’ve moved from a phase in the business cycle where defensive stocks do well to the phase where utilities outperform.

    By Surbhi Jain
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Net Metering Continued to Have Strong Growth in 2015

    The strong run for solar PV (photovoltaic) capacity additions through net metering continued in 2015. Net metering grew by 31% in 2015 compared to 2014.

    By Vineet Kulkarni
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Why Is Xcel Energy’s Rising Debt So Concerning?

    At the end of the fourth quarter of 2015, Xcel Energy’s total debt stood at $13 billion. Its debt-to-equity ratio was 1.3x, and its debt-to-capitalization ratio was 0.6x.

    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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    Company & Industry Overviews

    SO Is Well-Situated for Higher Dividends in the Near Future

    Southern Company has a strong dividend payment history, and it has reported more than 67 years of consecutive quarterly payments of dividends.

    By Vineet Kulkarni
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Transmission May Account for 50% of PEG’s Future Capital Spending

    Given the centralized power generation model of Public Service Enterprise Group (PEG), expanding its transmission infrastructure is a necessity in order to grow.

    By Vineet Kulkarni
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    Earnings Report

    MDU Resources Reports Mixed Quarterly Results

    After its 3Q15 earnings report, MDU Resources rose by 1.8% to close at $19.20 per share as of November 2, 2015.

    By Gabriel Kane
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    Earnings Report

    Calpine Improved Its Performance in 3Q15

    After the 3Q15 earnings report, Calpine rose by 3.8% to close at $15.51 per share on October 30, 2015.

    By Gabriel Kane
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Climate-Proofing Your Portfolio: Challenges and Opportunities

    Climate-proofing your portfolio may indeed be a challenge. The key may be not trying to pick the winners but trying to avoid the losers.

    By Ewen Cameron Watt
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