The regulated-utilities sector is significantly overvalued after 2014's monster gains, but investors looking for exposure should keep an eye on Southern Company and Duke Energy.
Wide-moat Dominion Resources is slightly overvalued at present, but with strong earnings growth potential and a reliable management team, it's a stock that investors should keep an eye on.
With solid growth prospects and dividend yields above 4%, income investors would be wise to consider high-quality utilities such as Southern Company, Duke, and Public Service Enterprise Group.
The utilities sector has outperformed all others so far in 2014, and several names are offering good total-return packages.
As credit spreads have tightened on a nearly continuous trend over the past year, they are becoming richly valued relative to their historical average.
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