StockInvestor editor Matt Coffina explains why ITC Holdings offers faster growth and less risk than almost any other regulated utility.
ITC Holdings , American Electric Power, and Public Service Enterprise Group are aggressively expanding into a wide-moat area of electric transmission.
Top managers continue to focus on higher-quality dividend-paying stocks in a fully valued market.
Finally, utilities with good growth and attractive yields are on sale.
Interest rate fears have weighed on the sector's absolute performance, but utilities' fundamentals remain strong for the most part.
Moats are key to sound equity-investing strategies, and Morningstar's Matt Coffina details what to look for and how to leverage a stock's competitive advantages to your benefit.
Investors need to optimize total return with a good mix of dividend yield, growth, and quality, says Morningstar's Josh Peters.
Roundtable Report: At the outset of 2014, Morningstar strategists dig into the market's current valuation and expected return, seek out high-quality U.S. and foreign stock opportunities, size up the role of cash today, assess the Fed's impact on the market, and reveal the best ways to fight inflation.
It has among the best prospects of any regulated utility we cover.
With interest rates rising, will dividend yields keep utilities afloat?