5 Best Utility Stocks to Help Pay the Bills

Utility bills are unavoidable – you may as well make some money off them…

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Are you looking for a wild ride or are you looking for consistent income? For a de-risked portfolio and solid dividends, utilities stocks are a time-tested favorite investment option.

Along with the dividends, utilities stocks are considered relatively safe because they provide power to homes and businesses. This is considered a necessity that never goes out of style.

It’s a sound policy to stick to the best companies in any sector. When it comes to utilities companies, five names are well-regarded and have a long history…

Utilities Stocks to Buy: Duke Energy (DUK)

Like just about every company in the United States, Duke Energy is dealing with the Covid-19 crisis. This particular company seems to be taking the situation in stride, however.

Consider Duke’s first-quarter net income, which came out to $899 million. That’s just about exactly in line with the same quarter of the previous year, when Duke’s net income was $900 million. Meanwhile, this year’s first-quarter revenue totaled $5.95 billion, which is not too far below the $6.16 billion reported in the first quarter of the prior year.

So, while there is some pressure being felt during the pandemic, it’s not too severe. For the time being, DUK stockholders can ride out the crisis with a decent 4.54% forward annual dividend yield.

Editor's Note: For all 5 utility stocks, click here.

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