7 Utility Stocks to Keep the Profits Flowing

No business is more essential than utilities – which make them a great investment right now…

This story was originally published here.

This market has been on a tear. If, as the old saying goes, bull markets climb a wall of worry, this one has leapt that wall in a single bound.

Now, maybe with all the Federal Reserve support and the trillions of dollars in stimulus approved by Congress this will continue.

But there are also 40 million people out of work and the economy is in a recession that goes far beyond America’s shores.

If you’re an investor looking for opportunity but would also like sleep-at-night safety, or would like to go on holiday without looking at your portfolio every few hours, then utilities are a good place to start.

For many electric utilities, they have both regulated and unregulated operations. That means one part of the operation provides a solid foundation of conservative growth. And the other provides opportunity to sell energy at market prices, offering greater growth.

Here are 7 utility stocks keeping the lights on below

Utility Stocks to Buy: NextEra Energy (NEE)

This company is a prime example of what I was talking about in the intro. It operates FPL (Florida Power & Light), which is a regulated utility that serves southern Florida.

And it is also the largest producer of wind and solar energy in the world.

Its regulated business operates in high-growth, densely populated sector of the state, which means solid, reliable returns.

And its unregulated business sells renewable energy across the US to other utilities and industry. They can use the renewable energy to offset their carbon emissions and they don’t have to get into the renewables business. It’s a model that more and more utilities are adopting.

Also, renewables are more resilient as climactic events rise.

The stock is up 26% in the past year and 7% year to date. The latter figure is bullish given the drop in industrial and commercial demand due to COVID-19 lockdowns. NEE has a 2.2% dividend.

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