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High-Quality Opportunities Light Up in Utilities Sector

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.

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Andrew Bischof: For the first time in 18 months, we think it's time to take a serious look at utilities again. The sector's sharp drop since January has created a long-awaited opportunity for income investors. Several high-quality utilities with long histories of growing dividends, strong balance sheets, and attractive prospects now trade well within buying range, based on our fair value estimates.

The last time the utilities sector was this cheap was in 2013, when it briefly traded below fair value. Before that, utilities last traded below fair value in mid-2010. It has been a rapid fall for utilities this year since valuations peaked in January. The sector's 12% drop from its late-January peak is the sector's worst stretch since the market crash in 2008.

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