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  • Tue, Mar. 24, 11:49 AM
    • Power companies have taken a pounding at the Supreme Court over the last decade, but will be looking to break that trend this week when the high court hears arguments on hazardous pollution caps that apply to 460 coal-fired power plants, including facilities owned by Southern Co. (NYSE:SO), American Electric Power (NYSE:AEP) and Peabody Energy (NYSE:BTU).
    • The industry says the EPA did not adequately take into account what the EPA estimates will be $10B in costs imposed by the rules; the agency says the new standards are worthwhile because they will prevent 11K premature deaths per year and produce as much as $90B in annual benefits.
    • Not all power companies are fighting the EPA rules: Exelon (NYSE:EXC), the largest U.S. owner of nuclear plants - which do not emit greenhouse gases - joined with other businesses to file a brief supporting the EPA’s actions.
    • ETFs: XLU, IDU, VPU, RYU, FUTY, UPW, FXU, SDP
    | Tue, Mar. 24, 11:49 AM | 41 Comments
  • Tue, Mar. 17, 6:37 PM
    • Despite the prospect of a Fed rate hike, patient investors should stick with utility stocks for their attractive yields, regular earnings and dividend growth, two analysts tell CNBC.
    • While higher rates may look foreboding, Hilliard Lyons analyst David Burks says recent history shows the sector could still outperform, noting that electric utilities beat the S&P 500 "by a fairly wide margin" during the 2004-06 period of higher rates when the Fed raised rates 16 times.
    • Morningstar's Travis Miller thinks the sector's short-term performance will continue to reflect interest rate movements, but that investors willing to hold utilities two years or more can get strong absolute returns.
    • Burks' favorite income pick is PPL, his top growth pick is NEE, and he likes AEP for total return; Miller's picks include SO, which he says has come down substantially and is now trading a discount, plus DUK and ITC.
    • ETFs: XLU, IDU, VPU, RYU, FUTY, UPW, PUI, FXU, SDP
    | Tue, Mar. 17, 6:37 PM | 5 Comments
  • Fri, Feb. 13, 4:14 PM
    | Fri, Feb. 13, 4:14 PM | 6 Comments
  • Thu, Feb. 12, 7:21 PM
    • Stocks "take the stairs up and the elevator down," and the recent performance of the utilities sector is a prime example.
    • In just two weeks, the sector's fortunes have reversed and has given up nearly all of its outperformance vs. the S&P 500; the Utilities Sector ETF set an all-time intraday high on Jan. 28, coinciding with the trough in Treasury yields; rising yields since the end of January have killed the allure of a 3% dividend yield on the Utility Sector ETF.
    • Even today, as the market moved broadly higher, utilities fell; AGL Resources (NYSE:GAS) and Northeast Utilities (NYSE:NU) were two of the major laggards.
    • ETFs: XLU, IDU, VPU, RYU, FUTY, UPW, PUI, FXU, SDP, PSCU
    | Thu, Feb. 12, 7:21 PM | 18 Comments
  • Tue, Jan. 6, 12:59 PM
    • While not truly bearish on the sector, Baird analysts make the case that utility stocks are fully valued after equaling or surpassing the firm's price expectations after enjoying substantial strength in 2014, and Q1 shapes up as a difficult period for utility stocks to outperform.
    • Baird rates only four utility stocks as Outperform: Allete (NYSE:ALE), whose above-average EPS growth the firm believes merits a premium to the industry; CMS Energy (NYSE:CMS), with an extensive pipeline of infrastructure investments supported by a constructive regulatory environment; UIL Holdings (NYSE:UIL), a smaller utility that could have solid upside for income accounts looking for conservative stocks; and Vectren (NYSE:VVC), which sports above average growth opportunities via its very stable utility subsidiaries.
    • ETFs: XLU, IDU, VPU, RYU, FUTY, UPW, FXU, SDP
    | Tue, Jan. 6, 12:59 PM | 3 Comments
  • Dec. 26, 2014, 4:25 PM
    | Dec. 26, 2014, 4:25 PM | 1 Comment
  • Dec. 19, 2014, 6:23 PM
    • The EPA released new rules for the disposal of coal ash in the first U.S. guidelines for dealing with the waste generated by burning coal, but the rules are not as stringent as environmentalists had wanted.
    • The rules require power companies to close ponds containing ash slurry if they are structurally unsound or have contaminated groundwater and are not lined with materials that prevent leaks; some of the 150-plus coal ash disposal sites that have contaminated nearby groundwater may be forced to shut down.
    • However, the rules do not classify coal ash as a hazardous waste, which would have added tougher handling requirements and higher costs; the EPA will leave it up to state regulators to ensure that companies meet the new requirements.
    • ETFs: XLU, IDU, VPU, RYU, FUTY, UPW, PUI, FXU, SDP, PSCU
    | Dec. 19, 2014, 6:23 PM | 1 Comment
  • Nov. 26, 2014, 1:05 PM
    • The EPA formally proposes reducing ground-level emissions limits to 65-70 ppb from their current level of 75 ppb, and says it will take comments on possibly cutting limits to 60 ppb, a standard favored by environmental and public health groups.
    • The American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers warns, “This regulation promises to be the most expensive in U.S. history," which it says could lead to millions of jobs lost and hundreds of billions of dollars every year in costs to U.S. businesses.
    • Back in 2011, the EPA itself estimated that such a standard could cost businesses as much as $90B/year; in the new proposal, the EPA estimates costs of no more than $15B in 2025.
    • ETFs: XLE, XLU, ERX, VDE, IDU, KOL, OIH, VPU, ERY, DIG, DUG, IYE, FENY, PXJ, RYU, UPW, RYE, FUTY, FXN, FXU, SDP, DDG
    | Nov. 26, 2014, 1:05 PM | 7 Comments
  • Nov. 24, 2014, 2:34 PM
    • "While the thirst for yield is understandable, it may be leading investors to overpay and take on hidden risks," says BlackRock CIO Russ Koesterich, noting defensive sectors like utilities (NYSEARCA:XLU) and consumer staples (NYSEARCA:XLP) are priced aggressively, but carry high interest rate sensitivity. Should rates rise even modestly in 2015, these sectors (REITs too) are likely to perform poorly.
    • Yield can be found elsewhere, though, he says, pointing out cyclical sectors and high yield as areas to benefit from the improving economy.
    • ETFs: XLU, XLP, IDU, VPU, VDC, FXG, RYU, UPW, FUTY, RHS, FSTA, PUI, FXU, PSL, SDP, PSCC, PSCU
    | Nov. 24, 2014, 2:34 PM | 1 Comment
  • Nov. 13, 2014, 2:55 PM
    • Chief execs of the top U.S. coal-burning utilities predict blackouts and rising power bills if they are not given more time to achieve greenhouse gas emission cuts described in the new climate agreement with China.
    • A proposed timeline for cutting pollution from power plants threatens to shutter coal-fired plants before enough new generation can be built to replace lost supplies, say CEOs of Southern Co. (NYSE:SO) and American Electric Power (NYSE:AEP).
    • The challenges go beyond the cost and time it would take to build new plants to replace coal units forced into retirement, Southern's Thomas Fanning and AEP's Nick Akins say; there’s not enough pipeline capacity to carry the natural gas that would be needed by all the newly built gas-fired power plants spawned by the EPA's proposals.
    • Southern would have to retire more than 9K mw of coal-fueled generators and add ~5,400 mw of natural gas plants by 2020 under plans envisioned by EPA, Fanning says.
    • ETFs: XLU, IDU, VPU, RYU, UPW, FUTY, PUI, FXU
    | Nov. 13, 2014, 2:55 PM | 58 Comments
  • Nov. 12, 2014, 6:57 PM
    • Utility stocks tumbled today amid Pres. Obama's plan with China to curb greenhouse gas emissions, and will renew a push by environmental activists to deny government approval of pipeline projects such as Keystone XL (NYSE:TRP) and Alberta Clipper (NYSE:ENB) that would carry Canadian oil sands crude to U.S. refineries.
    • “Achieving these goals will almost certainly require changes to the implementation of the EPA power plant regulations,” Council on Foreign Relations analyst Michael Levi says, referring to draft rules issued by the EPA in June that already have sparked pushback.
    • Congressional Republicans, soon to have a majority in the Senate in addition to the House, promise to do everything possible to stop Obama’s emissions targets for power plants; the administration believes GOP gains mean Obama will not get legislative help in achieving his goals but that Republicans are unlikely to be able to stop executive orders and environmental regulations.
    • ETFs: XLU, IDU, VPU, UPW, RYU, FUTY, FXU, SDP
    | Nov. 12, 2014, 6:57 PM | 8 Comments
  • Nov. 12, 2014, 2:14 PM
    • Utility stocks, among the year’s top performing sectors in the market, are sharply lower today - a bad sign, says Weeden & Co. head researcher Michael Purves, who believes now is the time to reduce or hedge utility holdings such as the Utilities Select Sector SPDR Fund (XLU -1.9%).
    • Ultra-low bond yields have made utility stock payouts look good by comparison., but valuations have been moving up; Purves says the rally has put XLU’s P/E ratio for the next 12 months at 17.4x, near a 10-year high.
    • Investors ought to “start to take profits, given the run was getting long in the teeth,” Purves writes.
    • The top 10 XLU holdings are all lower today: DUK -2.5%, NEE -1.7%, D -1.9%, SO -1.4%, EXC -2.8%, AEP -2%, SRE -1.7%, PPL -1.8%, PCG -1%, PEG -2.8%.
    • Other ETFs: IDU, VPU, UPW, RYU, FUTY, FXU, PUI, SDP
    | Nov. 12, 2014, 2:14 PM | 25 Comments
  • Oct. 3, 2014, 4:18 PM
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  • Sep. 24, 2014, 10:11 AM
    • iShares U.S. Utilities ETF (NYSEARCA:IDU) announces quarterly distribution of $0.8348.
    • 30-Day SEC yield of 3.23% (as on 08/31/2014).
    • Payable Sept. 30; for shareholders of record Sept. 26; ex-Div. Sept. 24.
    | Sep. 24, 2014, 10:11 AM | Comment!
  • Sep. 18, 2014, 12:53 PM
    • Banks, insurers, brokerages and anything else starved for yield continue to gain following yesterday's FOMC news. Among the gainers are Bank of America (BAC +1.9%) - which breaks above $17 for the first time since April - Citigroup (C +2.7%), Wells Fargo (WFC +1.1%), PNC (PNC +1.1%), Fifth Third (FITB +1.7%), SunTrust (STI +1.2%), Schwab (SCHW +2.3%), Prudential (PRU +2.5%), and Lincoln National (LNC +2.4%).
    • The XLF +1.2%, KBE +1.5%, and KRE +2%.
    • Financial sector ETFs: XLF, FAS, FAZ, UYG, KRE, VFH, KBE, IYF, IAT, SEF, IYG, FXO, KBWB, FNCL, RKH, QABA, FINU, KRU, KBWR, RWW, RYF, KRS, FINZ
    • Lit up bright red is the utility sector (XLU -1%), led by Southern Company (SO -1.1%), Dominion Resources (D -1.2%), Duke Energy (DUK -1.4%), and Pinnacle West (PNW -1.9%).
    • Utility ETFs: XLU, IDU, VPU, UPW, RYU, FUTY, PUI, FXU, SDP, PSCU
    | Sep. 18, 2014, 12:53 PM | Comment!
  • 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
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The iShares Dow Jones U.S. Utilities Sector Index Fund seeks investment results that correspond generally to the price and yield performance, before fees and expenses, of U.S. utilities stocks, as represented by the Dow Jones U.S. Utilities Index.
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