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Why PPL’s Total Returns Have Underperformed Its Peers

Vincent Kruger
Why PPL’s Total Returns Have Underperformed Its Peers

Despite being the top-yielding utility, PPL (PPL) has underperformed its peers in terms of total returns in 2018 due to its weak market performance. PPL’s total returns were at -1.4%—compared to broader utilities’ (XLU) total returns near 5% in 2018. We considered the stock performance and dividend payments during a particular period to calculate the total returns.