Monopoly Madness in the U.S. Railroad Industry

The freight railroad industry in the U.S. is highly concentrated with a handful of full of firms dominating the market. With the passage of the Staggers Rail Act of 1980 which deregulated the industry and sparked an era of mergers and acquisitions, the number of Class I railroads dramatically shrank from over 30 to just …

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Food Stocks Look Attractive for 2011 and Beyond

One of the industries that typically pays out high dividends is the food products industry. According to an October research report by Credit Suisse, three factors make dividend payments in this industry reasonably secure for the foreseeable future. 1. Sound and strong operating cash flows:  Companies in the industry generate high cash flows because of …

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Top 4 Industrial Gas Stocks To Consider

One of the sectors that is often overlooked by investors is the industrial gases sector. Industrial gases are a group of gases that are used in many industries such as metal, polymer, food, medical, oil refining industries. Like utilities and consumer staples, this sector can be considered as a stable and relatively safe industry to …

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Power Up Your Portfolio with Electric Utility Stocks

Traditionally electric utility stocks have offered stable growth and high dividend yields. Though they are boring to own they are usually preferred by income seeking investors such as retirees and others. Electric utilities are highly regulated in many states in the U.S. Despite the tough regulatory conditions electric companies are a monopoly in the areas …

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