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Good day, and welcome to the Duke Energy First Quarter 2014 Earnings Conference Call. Today's call is being recorded. At this time, I'd like to turn the conference over to Mr. Bill Currens. Please go ahead.
New research lends greater insights into how utilities gain and hold their competitive advantages.
A look at U.S. ETFs devoted to the battered utilities sector.
In a low-rate environment, this large, liquid ETF, which holds the biggest U.S. utilities firms, could offer some appeal.
This ETF has been battered by the decline in energy prices and weakness in emerging markets.
Utilities' 4% dividend yields still look attractive even with the chance for rising interest rates.
Utilities' sharp drop since January has created buying opportunities among some quality names with long dividend-growth histories, strong balance sheets, and attractive growth prospects.
Interest-rate fears bring utility and real estate valuations in line, but the broader market still looks fully valued.