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Utilities Stock Funds Were 2011's Bright Star

|Includes:Duke Energy Corporation (DUK), ED, GAS, NEE, NST, PNY, SO, VVC, WGL, WR

Utility dividend stocks. When you hear those words what do you think of? Long considered the domain for "widows and orphans", utilities have developed a somewhat stodgy reputation. Why are utilities considered good for widows and orphans?

Here a few reasons:

Stocks: DUK, ED, GAS, NEE, NST, PNY, SO, VVC, WGL, WR