Morningstar incorporates ESG into its analysis and finds some surprises.
New research lends greater insights into how utilities gain and hold their competitive advantages.
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.
The utilities sector has outperformed all others so far in 2014, and several names are offering good total-return packages.
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.
As credit spreads have tightened on a nearly continuous trend over the past year, they are becoming richly valued relative to their historical average.
Five offerings deemed to be right for right now.
We sort through the multitude of issues surrounding these stocks.