The Ten Largest US Electric Utilities By Market Value

The Utility Sector is traditionally preferred for steady income and growth. The sector has lagged so far this year due to many factors including the potential impact due to higher interest rates. Currently the Dow Utility index has a P/E ratio of 16.32 compared to over 22 a year ago. The dividend yield for the …

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European Utility Stocks Are Rebounding

Utility stocks were once considered to be safe, slow and steady growers. For years they were the favorite of income investors as utilities generally had a  high dividend yield relative to other sectors and for the most part they were dull and boring. With the deregulation of the industry the stability and steady growth was …

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Are International Utilities Attractive Relative To Their U.S. Peers?

Stocks in the U.S. utility sector are lagging the performance of the overall market so far this year. While the utilities was performing up until recently, last month they fell heavily. The proxy for sector, the SPDR Utilities Select Sector (XLU) was down 8.5% just in last month through the 30th and is up only about …

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Five European Chemical Stocks To Consider

The EURO STOXX® Chemicals Index is composed of some of the largest chemical firms in Europe. Currently there are 16 components in this index. The long-term return of the index is shown below: Click to enlarge Source: Euro Stoxx Indices For investors looking to gain exposure to the European chemical industry the companies in the index …

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Global Fertilizer and Industrial Gas Companies Are Increasing Capital Expenditures

Fertilizer and industrial gas companies are increasing their capital investments as measured by the ratio of capital expenditures to revenue levels according to a study by the ICIS Chemical Business magazine. From the ICIS Top 100 Chemical Companies 2012 report: For the second year running, the biggest spenders were dominated by fertilizer producers and industrial gas companies, as …

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