utilities

Power Outages After Sandy Weren't Unusually Long After All

As the days without power stretched on for hundreds of thousands after Superstorm Sandy, patience turned to anger. But an AP analysis of outages from other big storms shows that the time it took to utility companies to restore electricity was no worse than average -- and in some places, actually faster.

Wall Street Watch: Dycom Earnings a Bad Sign for the Telecom Biz

Dycom Industries may not be a household name, but behind the scenes, it does a lot of heavy lifting for the telecommunications industry. So its unusual earnings miss Tuesday night could mean the telephone, cable and utility companies that are its customers are having troubles of their own.

5 Hot Utility Stocks After Snowstorm's Winter Wipeout

Utility stocks were down Monday in the wake of the wicked winter storm that tossed the Northeast over the weekend. But it's on panicky days like these that long-term investors want to be taking a second look at utilities. Not only are they less volatile than fast-growing tech stocks, some pay hefty dividends.

10 Highest Dividend Stocks of the S&P

The S&P 500 is one of the most followed stock market index in the world. Mutual fund managers benchmark their returns against it, yet somehow the vast majority underperform the index every year. Many dividend investors choose to ignore the index, and instead focus on its components.

Cheap Summer Power Predicted for the U.S.

Expectations for power price increases have been put off to 2015 and beyond by bank analysts. But a combination of steady demand recovery, infrastructure changes and the retirement of coal-fired plants in 2015 could contribute to a tightening U.S. power market by the middle of the decade.

Face-Off on Stocks: Electric Utility Companies [Video]

Yes, electric utilities are a mostly unloved sector among investors, even though everyone needs power. But maybe their steady and dividend-friendly shares have more appeal these days. Here's a look at three big names: American Electric Power, Constellation Energy and Allegheny Energy.

U.S. Manufacturing Output Rises 0.5%, the Most Since July

The nation%u2019s manufacturing recovery accelerated in October as factory output jumped 0.5%, the Federal Reserve said. Overall industrial output was flat in the month, but the typical autumn plunge in utilities output skewed the top-line stat lower.

Blogwatch: The Housing Market Is Poised to Boom

Among the day's top online stories for investors: why the housing market is ready to boom, which sector significantly outperformed the S&P over the past year, and the scoop on Warren Buffett's successor Todd Combs.

U.S. Industrial Production Slipped 0.2% in September

It's the first decline since June 2009. Still, despite the dip, the nation's industrial sector remains in an uptrend, and a weaker dollar may further boost international sales of key U.S. companies in the months ahead.

With Interest Rates So Low, What's an Investor to Do?

Interest rates are hovering near record lows, so investors looking for higher returns will have to look beyond interest-bearing assets like CDs and money-market funds. If low risk is a priority, consider two interesting options: utilities and oil pipeline partnerships.

Legal Briefing: Obama Backs Utilities in Climate Change Case

Eight states, New York City and three groups won the legal right to sue greenhouse-gas emitting utilities. The companies appealed to the Supreme Court and the Obama administration has filed a brief supporting them. Find out the implications of this move.

U.S. Industrial Production Surged in July

The 1% increase eases worries that activity in the sector that's so far led the U.S. economic recovery is cooling. The July increase was led by strong performances in the manufacturing and mining segments, while utilities cooled off.

Warm Weather Turns Utilities Into Hot Investments

The combination of increased revenue from the warm temperatures and the prospect of increased electric use from a sustained economic recovery bodes well for electric utility stocks for the remainder of 2010 and into 2011.

California's Revolt Against Smart Electric Meters

Despite promises of environmental benefits and lower costs to consumers, smart meters are running into stiff resistance in some areas where you'd least expect it. Among the concerns: More electromagnetic radiation and loss of privacy.

Industrial Surveys Show Economic Recovery Slowing

One nation industrial and two regional surveys released this week provided further evidence that the U.S. economic recovery weakened somewhat in the second quarter, as manufacturing growth slowed.

California Freezes Popular Solar Incentives

Just a few days before an expected 20,000 solar devotees gathered in San Francisco for Intersolar, a large industry conference and expo, California regulators suspended its popular solar incentive for large projects, as well as government and nonprofit projects, while it rejiggers part of its program.

May Industrial Production Makes Strong Gains

The nation%u2019s industrial sector remains definitively in recovery mode, with production rising 1.2% in May -- its 10th increase in the last 11 months. Among the highlights of the across-the-board monthly gains: Vehicle manufacturing rose 10% and utilities output jumped 4.8.

More Solar Power to Heat Up New York's Economy?

New York lawmakers are considering legislation to boost the state's solar power generation to 2.5% of overall electricity sales by 2025. This is part of a nationwide renewable energy trend driven by the new jobs and other economic benefits the switch will likely bring.