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Eversource Energy                     US:ES                  62%                    19%                   19%                  $85.36                  $81.67                                -4% 
Xcel Energy Inc.                      US:XEL                  29%                    57%                   14%                  $64.95                  $63.00                                -3% 
WEC Energy Group Inc                  US:WEC                   8%                    54%                   38%                  $95.19                  $88.73                                -7% 
Ameren Corp.                          US:AEE                  33%                    59%                    8%                  $79.66                  $80.00                                 0% 
CMS Energy Corp.                      US:CMS                  33%                    61%                    6%                  $64.15                  $62.33                                -3% 
NextEra Energy Inc.                   US:NEE                  82%                    12%                    6%                 $232.03                 $225.80                                -3% 
Atmos Energy Corp.                    US:ATO                  60%                    20%                   20%                 $112.98                 $115.38                                 2% 
American Water Works Co.              US:AWK                  46%                    39%                   15%                 $123.86                 $121.42                                -2% 
NRG Energy Inc.                       US:NRG                  82%                     9%                    9%                  $39.14                  $46.50                                19% 
                                                                                                                                                                                   Source: FactSet 

Analysts' ratings are based on one-year price targets. That's a short period for long-term investors, especially those focused on slow-growing companies that pay out high (or relatively high) dividends. The lack of enthusiasm for the group is typical and flies in the face of the sector's strong long-term performance.

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