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  • Aug. 9, 2014, 8:25 AM
    • Investors who had flocked to utility stocks now may be wondering what went wrong, after the sector was the S&P's worst performer in July.
    • Fears of rising interest rates have recently sent dividend-paying stocks and high-yield junk bonds tumbling; utility stocks also have been hurt by the power sector's growing exposure to volatile natural gas prices, which have dropped ~19% since mid-June.
    • Some analysts think dividend growth among utilities could slow or even stop, with power demand falling and utilities being forced to spend record amounts on replacing and upgrading aging plants and meeting stricter emission standards; Exelon (NYSE:EXC) and FirstEnergy (NYSE:FE) are big utilities that have cut dividends this year.
    • Utilities that auction the power they generate - and are most exposed to moves in gas prices - have fallen the most; NRG and EXC have lost 20% and 13%, respectively, since the end of June.
    • Regulated utilities such as Southern Co. (NYSE:SO) and Duke Energy (NYSE:DUK), whose rate changes are more closely controlled, haven't been hit as hard.
    • ETFs: XLU, IDU, VPU, NLR, JXI, NUCL, UPW, RYU, DBU, IPU, FUTY, FXU, SDP, UTLT
    | Aug. 9, 2014, 8:25 AM | 10 Comments
  • Apr. 25, 2014, 1:31 PM
    • Today's selloff is following the pattern of most in the past few weeks, with the small caps (IWM -1.9%) and tech (QQQ -1.5%) leading the way. Pacing declines in the Nasdaq are a 8.8% dive in Amazon post-earnings and a 4.6% fall in Facebook. Setting tongues wagging in FB - but hardly a huge deal - is the sale of another 283K shares by Sheryl Sandberg, bringing her holdings down to 8.7M shares.
    • The liquidation in biotech has previously been a convenient excuse for small cap selloffs, but the IBB is off just 1.4% today, outperforming the Russell 2000.
    • What's working? Utilities again. The XLU +0.8% today and +13% this year, outperforming the Russell 2000 by about 1.6K basis points.
    • Small cap ETFs: IWM, TZA, TNA, UWM, VB, IJR, SLY, RWJ, URTY, SCHA, TWM, RWM, SRTY, SAA, DWAS, VTWO, SDD, VIOO, JKJ, RSCO, SBB, FYX, XSLV, EWRS, TWOK, SMLV, PXSC
    • Utility ETFs: XLU, IDU, VPU, NLR, GRID, JXI, NUCL, DBU, IPU, UPW, RYU, PUI, FUTY, FXU, SDP, PSCU, UTLT
    • Biotech ETFs: IBB, XBI, BIB, BBH, FBT, PBE, BIS
    | Apr. 25, 2014, 1:31 PM | 7 Comments
  • Apr. 7, 2014, 11:58 AM
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  • Feb. 21, 2014, 3:17 PM
    • The Select SPDR Utilities ETF (XLU +0.4%) has already had a nice run this year - up 9% from an early January low - but technician Michael Kahn sees more gains ahead, noting it popped out of an 8-month trading range last week  and money is flowing in (based on a gauge measuring volume on up days vs. down days) for the first time in nearly a year.
    • Stocks such as Public Service Enterprise (PEG +0.5%) and CMS Energy (CMS -0.1%) are mirroring the ETF's chart, but Kahn sees better opportunities in names closer to 52-week lows. Of note in this category are PG&E (PCG +0.9%) - just out of a trading range and above its 200-day moving average for the first time since the summer - and Southern Co. (SO +0.1%). After moving sideways for six months, Southern has rallied to the top of its range and is pausing at its 200-day moving average. Any continued strength would break both the trading range and the 200-day.
    • Related ETFs: XLU, IDU, VPU, NLR, GRID, JXI, NUCL, DBU, IPU, UPW, RYU, PUI, FXU, SDP, FUTY, PSCU, AXUT, UTLT
    | Feb. 21, 2014, 3:17 PM | 5 Comments
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  • Jan. 8, 2014, 10:34 AM
    • "The Safety Bubble Deflates," goes the title of a new report from Bernstein's Seth Masters, adding his name to those voices suggesting "safe" assets have become otherwise.
    • Even though utilities, telecom, and consumer staples have underperformed of late, says Masters, their relative valuations are still well above the average over the last 50 years. "In periods of stress, investors tend to prize stability and safety too much. But in time, investors discover that every investment carries with it some degree of risk: if not risk of loss, then risk of inadequate growth."
    • Related ETFs: XLU, IDU, VPU, NLR, GRID, JXI, NUCL, DBU, IPU, RYU, PUI, UPW, FXU, SDP, PSCU, AXUT, FUTY, UTLT, XLP, VDC, FXG, RHS, FSTA, PSL, PSCC, IYZ, VOX, IXP, IST, XTL, LTL, FCOM, TLL, AXTE
    • Barron's Jack Hough says the "low beta" approach is a flawed one: First, volatility can change quickly as companies' or industries' fortunes shift; Second, beta tells one nothing about whether a stock's valuation is high or low. In a similar warning over low volatility stocks, BAML suggests looking for companies with smooth earnings rather than smooth stock prices. Screening for such, Hough finds CSX Corp (CSX -0.6%), DuPont (DD +0.6%), Cisco (CSCO -0.6%), and Halliburton (HAL -0.8%).
    • Low volatility ETFs: SPLV, USMV, ACWV
    | Jan. 8, 2014, 10:34 AM | 7 Comments
  • Apr. 4, 2013, 6:30 PM

    The big year for utility funds is pretty much over, ISI predicts, expecting regulated utilities to post a flat total return for the balance of 2013. Even though the Utilities ETF (XLU) has another 13% to go before matching its 2007 high, ISI views the group’s valuation at nearly 16x next year’s earnings, its exposure to a change in interest rates and its big outperformance YTD as key reasons to stay away.

    | Apr. 4, 2013, 6:30 PM | 3 Comments
  • Jan. 1, 2013, 11:40 AM
    Financial services ETFs (XLF, IPF, IXG led all sector ETFs in 2012, followed by consumer discretionary (XLY, IPD, RXI), healthcare (XLV, IRY, IXJ) and tech (XLK, IPK IXN). Utilities (XLU, IPU, JXI) and telecom (IST, IXP) underperformed.
    | Jan. 1, 2013, 11:40 AM
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