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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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    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

    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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    Earnings Report

    A Look at NiSource’s Capital Investments in 2016

    Following the spin-off of its pipeline business, NiSource’s (NI) utility rate base is valued at nearly $8 billion.

    By Vineet Kulkarni
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    XLU: How US Utilities Are Currently Valued

    So far, US utilities have had a decent run this year. The Utilities Select Sector SPDR ETF (XLU) has risen more than 14%.

    By Vineet Kulkarni
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    Miscellaneous

    Utility Stocks and Treasury Yields: A Key September Comparison

    The ten-year Treasury yield fell from a high of 2.28% to 2.16% in August 2017.

    By Vineet Kulkarni
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    Energy & Utilities

    AES Stock Continues to Fall: What Investors Can Expect

    While broader utilities are climbing towards a new high, AES (AES) stock continues to fall. It hit a new 52-week low of $10.31 on November 7, 2017.

    By Vineet Kulkarni
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    Miscellaneous

    Will Crude Oil Futures and S&P 500 Move in the Same Direction?

    February US crude oil (UWT) (USL) futures contracts rose 0.5% to $61.73 per barrel on January 8. Prices are near the highest level since December 2014.

    By Gordon Kristopher
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    Miscellaneous

    Treasury Yields Fell Last Week: Positive for Utilities

    Utility stocks generally trade inversely to Treasury yields. The ten-year Treasury yield fell from 2.37% to 2.33% last week.

    By Vineet Kulkarni
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Comparing Utilities and Treasury Yields

    The benchmark ten-year Treasury yield trended lower and changed from 2.68% to 2.66% last week.

    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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    Energy & Utilities

    Crude Oil Futures and Wall Street Extends the Rally

    US crude oil futures contracts for February delivery also rose 0.6% to $62.01 per barrel on January 4, 2018—the highest settlement since December 2014.

    By Gordon Kristopher
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Comparing Utility Stocks and Treasury Yields

    The benchmark ten-year Treasury yields closed at 2.5% last week. Treasury yields and utility stocks usually trade inversely to each other.

    By Vineet Kulkarni
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Utility Stocks: What Do the Chart Indicators Suggest?

    The Utilities Select Sector SPDR ETF (XLU) is trading at $58.1, which is almost 2% and 7% above its 50-day and 200-day moving average levels.

    By Vineet Kulkarni
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    What FirstEnergy’s Chart Indicators Suggest

    Utilities have been following a downtrend recently, plummeting more than 10% since early last week.

    By Vineet Kulkarni
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Here Are the S&P 500 Utility Stocks with the Best Dividends

    Slow and stable utility stocks have outperformed broader markets so far this year.

    By Vineet Kulkarni
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    How Institutional Investors Played XLU in Q3 2018

    Utilities at large are up almost 3% so far this year, marginally outperforming broader markets. Investors turned to the relatively safe utilities lately amid trade war tensions and a recent broad-market selloff.

    By Vineet Kulkarni
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    Fund Managers

    Institutional Investors: How They Played S&P 500 Utilities in Q1

    Utility stocks—generally called widow and orphan stocks—are one of the poorest performing sectors of the broader markets so far this year.

    By Vineet Kulkarni
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    Energy & Utilities

    CenterPoint Energy to Buy Vectren in $6 Billion Deal

    On April 23, Houston-based CenterPoint Energy (CNP) announced it would buy natural gas company Vectren (VVC) for $6.0 billion.

    By Vineet Kulkarni
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    What PPL’s Current Valuation Means for the Stock

    PPL Corporation (PPL) stock was particularly hit by the recent utilities turmoil. Its valuation fell significantly over the last few months.

    By Vineet Kulkarni
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    Energy & Utilities

    How FirstEnergy Stock Ranks against Peers

    FirstEnergy (FE) has been one of the top-performing stocks among the S&P 500 Utilities Index (XLU) this year.

    By Vineet Kulkarni
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    Energy & Utilities

    S&P 500 Utilities at a 52-Week Low Offer a Big Gain Potential

    US utilities have been trading weak for the last few months. The Utilities Select Sector SPDR ETF (XLU) hit its 52-week low of $47.37 on February 6, 2018.

    By Vineet Kulkarni
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Capacity Utilization Trends across US Industries in December

    Capacity utilization and the US economy Among the key macroeconomic indicators published by the Federal Reserve, US industries’ capacity utilization is particularly important for understanding the health of each industry. Changes to this indicator can help forecast any changes to the business cycle, product demand, and workforce demand. Increasing levels of capacity utilization could translate to a higher number […]

    By Ricky Cove
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Does Southern Company Stock Have an Attractive Valuation?

    Southern Company (SO), the second largest rate-regulated utility, is currently trading at an EV-to-EBITDA multiple of 10.5x.

    By Vineet Kulkarni
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    A Look at Capacity Utilization across US Industries in November

    In the November capacity utilization report, the manufacturing sector remained strong with 76.4% capacity utilization, the highest level since May 2008.

    By Ricky Cove
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Reading the Trends in Capacity Utilization across US Industries in October

    Among the key macroeconomic indicators published by the Fed, capacity utilization in US industries helps investors forecast business cycle changes.

    By Ricky Cove
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    Earnings Report

    Why NRG Energy Missed 3Q17 Earnings Estimates

    Princeton-based NRG Energy (NRG) reported its third quarter financial results on November 2, 2017.

    By Vineet Kulkarni
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Earnings Growth Is Key to NextEra Energy’s Outperformance

    At $71.0 billion of market capitalization, NextEra Energy (NEE) is the largest utility among US utilities.

    By Vineet Kulkarni
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Why NextEra Energy Could Continue to Outperform Peers

    Investor unease, a slower-than-expected pace of interest rate hikes, and superior yield have pushed up US utility stocks so far this year.

    By Vineet Kulkarni
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Will the S&P 500 Index Recover from Last Week’s Fall?

    The S&P 500 Index (SPY) closed last week at 2425.55, losing 0.65% as compared to its August 11 close.

    By Ricky Cove
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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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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Why Water Utilities Yield Nearly Half What Electric Utilities Do

    Water utilities are now yielding nearly 2%—roughly half the current yield of electric utilities.

    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

    Why Buy Water Utilities When Electric Utilities Are Yielding Double?

    Investors have been preferring water utilities for the past few quarters due to their relatively higher dividend yields and stable stock price movements.

    By Vineet Kulkarni
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Understanding the Shift in US Power Generation Fuel Mix

    Lower natural gas prices, slower electricity demand growth, and incentives for renewables have all fueled the recent power generation transition.

    By Vineet Kulkarni
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    Miscellaneous

    Is NextEra Energy Looking at Oncor Electric Again?

    NextEra Energy (NEE), the largest utility by market capitalization, has risen more than 15% since the beginning of the year.

    By Vineet Kulkarni
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    What’s Driving US Electricity Sales Down?

    Electricity consumption has fallen as the penetration of efficient equipment has increased. The slowing economy and warm weather also had negative impacts.

    By Vineet Kulkarni
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    Earnings Report

    Why PG&E Reported Lower Earnings but Beat Estimates in 1Q16

    PG&E Corporation’s (PCG) earnings in 1Q16 came in at $0.82 per share against its earnings of $0.87 per share in the same quarter last year.

    By Vineet Kulkarni
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Why Did Sempra Energy Underperform Utilities?

    In 1Q16, utilities have gained more than what they lost last year. Utilities have gained more than 12% while Sempra also rallied more than 10% in 2016.

    By Vineet Kulkarni
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Can We Expect Higher Dividend Growth from Regulated Utilities?

    Utilities are largely trading at a forward yield of about 4%. Their dividend growth is expected to remain in the range of 4%–6%, as their earnings are expected to grow this year.

    By Vineet Kulkarni
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    Earnings Report

    Southern Company Announced Cost Overrun at Kemper County Plant

    Southern Company (SO) continues to focus on its generation facilities for capacity addition. It intends to spend $18 billion over the next three years.

    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

    Southern Company Likely to Meet Fiscal 2015 Guidance

    Southern Company (SO) is set to report its quarterly earnings for the period ended December 31, 2015, on February 3, 2016.

    By Vineet Kulkarni
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    SO’s Generation Shifts from Coal to Natural Gas and Nuclear

    Southern Company expects its natural gas usage to rise to 52%, while it expects its coal usage to fall to 29% by 2020, compared to 2014 levels.

    By Vineet Kulkarni
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    NextEra Energy Continues to Expand Its Renewable Portfolio

    From 2015–2019, NextEra Energy expects to invest $13–$15.8 billion primarily in projects related to capacity addition and transmission reliability.

    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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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Utilities Climb the Leverage Hill, Credit Ratings Deteriorate

    Utilities (XLU) require major funding for infrastructure upgradation and asset maintenance purposes. As a result, they constantly need funds.

    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

    Analyzing Dominion Resources’ Dividend Payment Trends

    Dominion Resources has a dividend yield of 3.7% as of December 8, 2015. Dominion has shown a healthy and steady rise in its dividend payouts since 2008.

    By Vineet Kulkarni
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    How Exelon’s Hybrid Business Model Provides Balanced Revenues

    Exelon (EXC) manages end-to-end operations in the power utilities segment through its subsidiaries.

    By Vineet Kulkarni
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