So far in 2018, FirstEnergy (FE) has outperformed peer utilities in terms of total returns. FirstEnergy has returned 28% based on stock appreciation and dividend payments. The company’s better-than-expected quarterly earnings and separation of relatively riskier competitive operations has influenced FirstEnergy’s market performance. Currently, FirstEnergy is trading at a dividend yield of 3.8%. The company is expected to pay an annualized dividend of $1.44 per share in 2018.