The utilities sector has outperformed all others so far in 2014, and several names are offering good total-return packages.
Interest rate fears have weighed on the sector's absolute performance, but utilities' fundamentals remain strong for the most part.
Their significant barriers to entry, low costs, and scale all work in the utility's favor.
Finally, utilities with good growth and attractive yields are on sale.
Interest rate fears leave several high-quality dividend-paying utilities looking cheap.
Despite their near-term challenges, we still see upside.
With interest rates rising, will dividend yields keep utilities afloat?
We're still bullish for the long term, but the stock may have gotten ahead of itself in the short term.
Utilities show no signs of slowing down with yields that look as good as ever.
The energy firm's narrowed dividend was within the range of Morningstar's Travis Miller's expectations, but Exelon still faces near-term challenges.
Pegging the direction of utilities stocks in 2013 is not for the faint of heart.
For the second consecutive fall, Northeast U.S. utilities face the perfect financial storm, says Morningstar's Travis Miller.
With interest rates leveling off and power markets stalled, utilities face a tough near-term outlook.
'Til death do us part: Merger partners now tied, but power prices still deadly.
Low gas prices and a warm winter are burning power generators.
Final environmental regulations give utilities near-term certainty but no comfort.
Fast-approaching environmental regulation could reshape the utilities sector.
Regulated utilities could be hit hard by inflation, while diversified firms have long-term value that the market refuses to recognize.
Our top utility picks during periods of inflation, deflation, or stagflation.
Utilities with nuclear exposure look cheap after the Japan disaster.
Utilities are keeping an eye on Washington in 2011.
Some high-yielding utilities still have attractive total-return potential.
The utility deal market is as hot as the summer's weather.
Utilities look increasingly attractive going into critical summer months.
Power producers have yet to benefit from a cyclical economic rebound.
An economic recovery offers both risks and rewards for utilities.
Few attractive yields remain after the sector's fourth-quarter run.
NSTAR CFO Jim Judge on firm's dividend commitment, constructive regulatory relationships, and recent operating cost controls amid flat to lower sales.
Falling demand, rising interest rates, and inflation could crimp utilities.
Utility demand and dividends come under fire.
The political landscape has shifted toward cleaner energy.
Energy needs and high returns are boosting transmission investments.
Record energy prices, slowing demand rock the utility sector.