15 High Dividend Energy And Utilities Stocks With Low Beta

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 |  Includes: AEP, DUK, ED, EPD, ETR, EXC, FE, KMP, NEE, PCG, PEG, PPL, SO, XEL
by: Dividendinvestr

Defensive investors like high dividend stocks, since they believe these stocks can protect them from potential inflation. Below, we prepared a list of 15 energy companies that pay fat dividend checks and have low Beta ratios. All companies on this list have a market capitalization above $10 billion, Beta lower than 0.9 and dividend yield of at least 4%. We obtained market data from Finviz and hedge fund holdings from Insider Monkey.

Stock

Market Cap

Dividend Yield

P/E

Beta

American Electric Power (NYSE:AEP)

18.2

4.9%

12.3

0.53

Duke Energy (NYSE:DUK)

26.3

5.1%

12.9

0.39

Consolidated Edison Inc. (NYSE:ED)

16.4

4.3%

15.4

0.27

Enterprise Products Partners LP (NYSE:EPD)

35.8

5.9%

26.1

0.55

Entergy Corporation (NYSE:ETR)

11.6

5.1%

9.3

0.58

Exelon Corp. (NYSE:EXC)

27.8

5.0%

10.5

0.59

FirstEnergy Corp. (NYSE:FE)

18.5

5.0%

25.0

0.5

Kinder Morgan Energy Partners(NYSE:KMP)

23.1

6.6%

120.6

0.34

NextEra Energy, Inc. (NYSE:NEE)

22.9

4.1%

12.4

0.59

PG & E Corp. (NYSE:PCG)

17.3

4.2%

16.1

0.31

Public Service Enterprise Group (NYSE:PEG)

16.4

4.2%

10.1

0.51

Progress Energy Inc. (PGN)

14.8

4.9%

17.4

0.33

PPL Corporation (NYSE:PPL)

16.2

5.0%

11.2

0.44

Southern Company (NYSE:SO)

36.3

4.5%

18.0

0.3

Xcel Energy Inc. (NYSE:XEL)

11.9

4.2%

14.5

0.39

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American Electric Power is an electric utilities company that generates and distributes electric power to retail clients in the United States. AEP owns nearly 38,000 megawatts of generating capacity in the U.S. AEP also owns the nation's largest electricity transmission system, a nearly 39,000-mile network. AEP recently traded at $38.5 and has a 4.9% dividend yield. AEP gained 9.7% during the past 12 months. The stock has a market cap of $18.2 billion, P/E ratio of 12.3 and Total Debt/Equity ratio of 1.31. AEP also had an EPS growth rate of -0.8% during the last five years. John Levin holds the largest position in AEP with his $65 million investment. Jim Simons initiated a more than $20 million position in AEP during the most recent quarter.

Duke Energy Corp is an energy company primarily located in the Americas. DUK recently traded at $20.2 and has a 5.1% dividend yield. DUK gained 18.4% during the past 12 months. The stock has a market cap of $26.3 billion, P/E ratio of 12.9 and Total Debt/Equity ratio of 0.84. DUK also had an EPS growth rate of 1.9% during the last five years. Michael Messner holds the largest position in DUK with his $34 million investment. He increased his holdings of DUK by 97% during the second quarter. Israel Englander also bought $20 million worth of DUK shares during the most recent quarter.

Consolidated Edison provides energy in the United States. ED recently traded at $57.07 and has a 4.3% dividend yield. ED gained 21.8% during the past 12 months. The stock has a market cap of $16.4 billion, P/E ratio of 15.4 and Total Debt/Equity ratio of 0.93. ED also had an EPS growth rate of 2.7% during the last five years. Michael Messner holds the largest position in ED with his $35 million investment. He increased his holdings of this company by 38% during the second quarter. Jim Simons also holds nearly $20 million worth of ED shares.

Enterprise Products Partners provides midstream energy services in North America. EPD recently traded at $41.89 and has a 5.9% dividend yield. EPD gained 5.5% during the past 12 months. The stock has a market cap of $35.8 billion, P/E ratio of 26.1 and Total Debt/Equity ratio of 1.27. EPD also had an EPS growth rate of 4.6% during the last five years. John Osterweis had $69 million invested in EPD at the end of June.

Entergy Corporation is an energy company that produces and distributes electric power. ETR recently traded at $66.39 and has a 5.1% dividend yield. ETR lost 9.8% during the past 12 months. The stock has a market cap of $11.6 billion, P/E ratio of 9.3 and Total Debt/Equity ratio of 1.39. ETR also had an EPS growth rate of 8.6% during the last five years. Jean & Marie Eveillard’s First Eagle Investment Management had $152 million invested in ETR at the end of June. They increased their holdings of ETR by 925% during the second quarter.

Exelon Corp is an energy company delivering electricity and natural gas in the United States. EXC recently traded at $42.45 and has a 5% dividend yield. EXC gained 2.1% during the past 12 months. The stock has a market cap of $27.8 billion, P/E ratio of 10.5 and Total Debt/Equity ratio of 0.97. EXC also had an EPS growth rate of 22.4% during the last five years. Steven Cohen invested more than $50 million in EPS during the second quarter. Phill Gross and Robert Atchinson, Israel Englander and Glenn Russell Dubin all initiated brand new positions in EXC during the most recent quarter.

First Energy is a diversified energy company. FE recently traded at $45.32 and has a 5% dividend yield. FE gained 21.6% during the past 12 months. The stock has a market cap of $18.5 billion, P/E ratio of 25 and Total Debt/Equity ratio of 1.48. FE also had an EPS growth rate of -0.7% during the last five years. Jean & Marie Eveillard held the largest position in FE with their $499 million investment at the end of June. Clint Carlson initiated a $28 million position in FE during the second quarter.

Kinder Morgan Energy Partners operates energy transportation and storage assets. KMP recently traded at $70.16 and has a 6.6% dividend yield. KMP gained 5.9% during the past 12 months. The stock has a market cap of $23.1 billion, P/E ratio of 120.6 and Total Debt/Equity ratio of 1.5. KMP also had an EPS growth rate of -2.3% during the last five years. Michael Messner had $22 million invested in KMP at the end of June.

Disclosure: I have no positions in any stocks mentioned, and no plans to initiate any positions within the next 72 hours.