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Utilities: Running in Place, but Hurdles Ahead

Travis Miller (travis.miller@morningstar.com)

On a global basis, utilities now trade mostly in line with our fair value estimates at a 1.0 price/fair value ratio, the same as last quarter. In the U.S., utilities are slightly overvalued as a group, but most of the high-quality firms trade at 15%-20% premiums to fair value. Most utilities across our coverage continue investing heavily in infrastructure, ranging from renewable energy to local energy distribution.