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Analyzing The Real Rate Of Return Of Southern Company $SO

For investors looking for a company with a strong history of creating shareholder value, Southern Company (SO) is a dividend paying utility that currently offers a beta of 0.17 coupled with a yield of 4.80%.

According to the Southern Company’s website if you invested 30 years ago, near the height of the 10 year bond, you would now have an annualized return of ~14.6%. If you invested 10 years ago the investor would have an annualized return of ~9.2% and

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American Electric Power: A 4.68% Yield With Capital Appreciation On The Horizon $AEP $XLU

Over the past couple of months the Utility Sector (XLU) has been quite volatile. Some of the reasons for this uncharacteristic volatility have been the threat of rising interest rates, concerns over future Capex spending and some profit taking after a nice sector run. Having stated that, this recent volatility can provide some excellent opportunities, if you wish to invest or add to your investment in the utility sector. American Electric Power (AEP) is a utility company worth further investigation.

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American Water Works: Inorganic Growth To Propel Stock Price And Dividend $AWK

American Water Works provides water and wastewater services to residential, commercial and industrial customers mainly in the United States. American Water Works, which is the largest investor-owned water and wastewater utility company in the United States, through its subsidiaries serves an estimated 14 million people throughout 30 States and Ontario, Canada. As the chart below indicates, the majority of American Water Works customers are located in New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Missouri.

In the course of pursuing the company’s inorganic growth

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Consolidated Ed: Hold Onto This 4.08% Dividend Paying Stock $ED $SO $XLU

Over the past couple of months the Utility Sector (XLU) has been quite volatile. Some of the reasons for this uncharacteristic volatility have been the threat of rising interest rates, concerns over future CAPEX spending and some profit taking after a nice sector run. Having stated that, this recent volatility can provide some excellent opportunities, if you wish to invest or add to your investment in the utility sector. Consolidated Edison Inc. (ED) is a utility company worth further investigation.

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Duke Energy: Buy And Hold Trumps Short-Term Volatility $DUK

Last month, I wrote an article on Duke Energy (DUK) entitled Duke Energy: 4.56% Dividend With Upside Potential. Within the article some issues discussed were: how the fundamentals of Duke Energy were affected by the merger with Progress Energy and how the company was going to turn around a declining trend in profitability.

As the issue of declining profitability was raised, it was established that the company’s gross margin, ROA and asset turnover ratio have all been decreasing over the

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