|Bid||216.51 x 800|
|Ask||220.00 x 900|
|Day's Range||216.40 - 219.77|
|52 Week Range||164.25 - 219.78|
|Beta (3Y Monthly)||0.16|
|PE Ratio (TTM)||31.26|
|Forward Dividend & Yield||5.00 (2.30%)|
|1y Target Est||N/A|
Geopolitical tensions and falling Treasury yields hint at an upcoming recession and the utilities sector has outperformed broader markets.
By now you've heard plenty of talking heads on television saying all sorts of scary things about the inverted yield curve for United States Treasury bonds. And if you missed the headlines, you'll be reading them popping up in news feeds and in the papers.Source: Shutterstock A yield curve is the plotting of bond maturities and their yields from shorter-to-longer-term. It shows how the market for any type of bond is being bought and traded. Normally, shorter-term bonds have lower yields than longer-term maturities.This is because the longer the maturity, the greater the risk of inflation baring its claws making for future interest payments. This also means that the eventual principal payment will be worth less in inflation-adjust terms. Longer-term yields tend to be lower because they must also price in credit risk. The longer the maturity, the greater time for credit in any given market sector to gyrate or deteriorate, putting future interest and principal payments at risk.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading TipsA normal yield curve should connect the dots of yield on the y-axis and maturities on the x-axis. It normally rises in yield as maturity dates stretch out. What Does Today's Yield Curve Mean?But an inverted yield curve is when shorter-term maturities are yielding more than longer-term maturities. And when it comes to the U.S. Treasury bond market, the generally accepted definition is when the 2-year Treasury yield is lower than the 10-year Treasury yield. * 10 Stocks Under $5 to Buy for Fall This kicked in early yesterday when the 2-year was at a little bit past 6:00 a.m. I was working to finish up my papers with my Bloomberg Terminal humming along. The 10-year dropped to 1.62% and the 2-year was sitting at 1.63%. This hasn't happened since 2007, when on Feb. 22 the spread was a negative 15.41 basis points, or 0.1541%.Today's Trading (In Yield%) for U.S. 2-and-10-Year TreasuriesHistory of Yield Spread between 2 and 10-Year U.S. Treasury Bonds Now since yesterday morning, the bond market has sent the spread back to positive, which is normal, for the 2-and-10-year maturity yields. Before I get into what this means, what is causing it, why you should care and what you need to do -- let's look at what the U.S. Treasury bond market has done over the trailing year.From Aug. 14, 2018 through to yesterday, Treasury yields outside of the 1-month bills have all dropped, and longer maturities have dropped even more.In the next graph I've plotted the curves for both dates and the resulting yield changes.U.S. Treasury Bonds (Actively Traded) Aug. 14, 2018 and YesterdayWhat has been causing this to occur? First up, the U.S. Treasury has been issuing more bonds with shorter maturities for some time as part of their funding for the U.S. government. This means more supply, which will influence market pricing. Second, inflation has been low and generally falling over the past many months.The Personal Consumption Expenditure Index, which is the prime gauge used by the the Federal Reserve and its Open Market Committee, has gone from bobbling around the 2% down to a current level of 1.6%. The PCE is a much better and more broad inflation gauge than the Consumer Price Index, as the PCE measures all consumption and not the contrived basket of goods and implied costs for other things including residential expenses.U.S. Core Personal Consumption Expenditure IndexAnd the core PCE, which is also calculated in quarterly Gross Domestic Product data, is running for the second-quarter data release at a rate of 1.4% in the deflator calculations of the GDP growth rate of 2.4%.So, inflation is low and down, and well below the stated target range of the FOMC of above 2% -- and even higher for what it deems as a healthy level for a growing economy.This means that while the FOMC has already reversed course with its target range for Fed funds at its July 31 meetings, I think it is likely that it will further ease in its meetings concluding on Sept. 18, Oct. 30 and Dec. 11 of this year. This reversal of target ranges for Fed funds is reminiscent of when it reversed in 1995-1996 and in 1998.This makes longer-term bonds all the more valuable to lock in yields for the longer term. Now normally, falling yields means falling GDP growth and a weakening economy. But that isn't as much the case right now. Growth in the U.S. economy remains good as just noted above for the most recent data, and there is good reason to see it continuing. U.S. consumer spending drives the vast majority of the economy. And my preferred gauge of consumers is the Bloomberg Consumer Comfort Index, which I refer to as the "Comfy Index."Bloomberg Comfy IndexSince late 2016, the Comfy Index has been climbing and is very well-positioned in the excellent range. This means that consumers should be eager to spend and have the ability to do so -- particularly as U.S. wage growth has continued to be multiples of core PCE inflation.And businesses continue to expect rising activity over the next six months, as I utilize the Federal Reserve Bank of New York's survey data for projections.U.S. Business Leaders Expected Business Activity (Six Months Forward)So, rather than the sickening economy that many are worried about, the U.S. economy continues to show better conditions. What Is Happening With the U.S. EconomyBut what really is happening is that the U.S. is the haven economy in a world where Europe is in trouble and the leading economies of Asia are slowing. And as a result, yields for government bonds from the leading issuers in Europe and Asia are increasingly heading into negative yields.Negative yield come as coupon rates (stated interest rates) are issued at low or near-zero rates. The markets at auction as well as the secondary market bids the bonds to prices above par ($100), which brings the yields below zero. Take for example a German bund (government bond) with a coupon of 0.5% and a maturity of Feb. 15, 2025. It has recently been trading in the market for $106.75 which means that for each bund you'll pay $1,067.50 euros along with $2.19 euros in accrued interest for an effective yield to maturity of -0.69%. That's because the bund will mature at $100, or $1,000 euros, which prices in a loss of $67.50 euros and offsets the coupons.Negative yields and interest rates around the world beyond the U.S. are rapidly becoming a growing problem as the amount of bonds with negative yields keeps climbing by the day to a current level of $15.8 trillion.Negative Yield Debt Around the GlobeThis in turn is making the U.S. bond market all the more attractive with positive yield, and is driving more buying from investors in the U.S. and beyond. And with more buying of longer-term bonds, yields are down and prices are up. Why Investors Should Care About the Inverted Yield CurveYou should care, because this is good -- for now -- for the U.S. economy. Lower interest rates and yields means lower borrowing costs for everyone from the government to corporations and individuals. And this in turn should further aid the growth of the U.S. economy, along with lower inflation pressures over time with lower borrowing costs.And this shows up in how well U.S. bonds are performing in total return from all bonds to my preferred markets in higher-yielding corporate bonds and municipal bonds.Look at the performance year to date for all U.S. bonds (in aggregate), corporate high yield and municipal bonds as tracked by Bloomberg Barclays.U.S. Aggregate Bond (White), U.S. High Yield Corporates (Orange) and Municipal Bonds Total ReturnOverall, U.S. bonds in aggregate have returned 8% year to date. Corporate high-yielding bonds have returned almost 10% and municipal bonds generated 7%. Securities to Focus OnNow, stocks have been choppy recently -- with trade tariff concerns and global economic trouble outside the U.S. But not all stocks have been in the crosshairs of sellers. I continue to guide my Profitable Investing subscribers to hone in on U.S.-focused stocks. This list includes real estate investment trusts such as my favorite W.P. Carey (NYSE:WPC) and utilities such as my favorite NextEra Energy (NYSE:NEE). And these sectors have been and should continue to benefit from lower U.S. interest rates and yields.And with mortgage loans climbing with rising property market values and consumer confidence, U.S. mortgage investment companies such as my MFA Financial (NYSE:MFA) should continue to deliver.But for U.S. bonds -- focus on the BlackRock Credit Allocation Income Trust (NYSE:BTZ) for corporate and other bonds trading at a discount to net asset value by 8.6% and yielding 5.9%. Investors should also focus on the Nuveen Municipal Credit Income Fund (NYSE:NZF) trading at a discount of 3.8% to net asset value and yielding a tax-equivalent yield of roughly 7.5%.The yield curve isn't a threat -- but simply a measure of market activities and developments as well as an indicator of expectations going forward. It is a tool for investors which should be used and not just feared.Now that I've presented my way to invest with an inverted yield curve, you might like to see more of my market research and recommendations. For more -- look at my Profitable Investing. Click here to learn more.In addition, if you find yourself in San Francisco Aug. 15-17, please join me at the MoneyShow. There I'll be presenting my economic and market analysis and my latest investment themes and recommendations.Neil George is the editor of Profitable Investing and does not hold any of the aforementioned securities. More From InvestorPlace * 2 Toxic Pot Stocks You Should Avoid * 15 Growth Stocks to Buy for the Long Haul * 5 More Cloud Stocks With Plenty of Potential * 5 Clean Energy ETFs to Buy for 2019 The post What an Inverted Yield Curve Means (And What It Doesnat) appeared first on InvestorPlace.
We talk a lot about exciting tech trends, like artificial intelligence (AI), cybersecurity, and 5G, where there's a lot of investment opportunity. However, if you want to be a disciplined investor, you need the "boring" sectors, too. This way, during bad market selloffs, your overall portfolio is protected.Source: FlickrThis is where utilities come in.Utility stocks certainly come to mind as a "boring" investment. But their high dividends are anything but. You can often make 2.5%, 5% or more in dividends from utilities … far more than from most other sectors. (And given the central banks' penchant for rate cuts, that goes for bonds, too. ) That's why utilities are usually favored by folks investing for their golden years, as these stocks provide extra income.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading TipsYou sure aren't going to hear much about utilities in the media for their ground-breaking products that are going to change the world. But sometimes boring is best, especially given the chaotic start to August.Case in point: The Technology Select Sector SPDR Fund (XLK), which tracks tech stocks, is down 2.3% since August 1, while the Utilities Select Sector SPDR Fund (XLU), is up 1.2% since August 1. That's a pretty big difference! And if we look at Friday's broader market action, while tech stocks (along with the three major indices) sold off, utilities closed up again.Clearly, there's a lot of demand for utilities right now. Just take a look at the graph below.According to CNBC, at times when the S&P 500 Index fell at least 10% in one month during the market's 11-year bull run, the best-performing sector was the utilities sector.Better performance and great dividends. Utility stocks aren't looking so boring now, are they?The truth of the matter is that not only do utilities provide safe havens during bouts of market volatility, but the ultra-low interest rate environment is great for them, too. Borrowing costs are lower, and they can retire higher cost debt and replace it with lower cost debt. This means any more debt they take on is at a lower cost, which can help boost operating margins.But not all utilities are created equal, so you need to be careful when you decide to invest in one. As you know, I scour the stock market for the creme de la creme of stocks -- and in the utility sector, the one I like is NextEra Energy, Inc. (NYSE:NEE).NextEra Energy is currently the largest utility company in the world. Through its two electric companies in Florida, a renewable energy business and several subsidiaries, NextEra Energy provides electricity, wind and sun energy, battery storage and nuclear power. The company began operations back in 1925 as the Florida Power & Light Company and operated gas plants, power plants and water facilities, as well as laundry and ice cream businesses.Its subsidiary, NextEra Energy Resources (NEER), operates on the unregulated side. NEER primarily focuses on the wholesale value of wind and solar energy.Because Florida is an ideal place to generate wind and solar power, power generation from solar and wind farms is much cheaper to sustain in the long term.The service area is in the southern half of the state, which happens to be where the population is densest. This will allow for better distribution efficiencies, giving transmission and distribution operations more value.On July 24, NextEra Energy reported second-quarter earnings of $1.33 billion, or $2.35 per share, which represented 14.6% annual earnings growth. The analyst community was expecting earnings of $2.31 per share, so NEE posted a 1.7% earnings surprise. A Strong Second-Quarter ReportLooking forward, company management expects full-year fiscal 2019 earnings per share of $8 to $8.50 and 2020 earnings of $8.70 to $9.20. It also maintained its 2021 earnings forecast of $9.40 to $9.95. So, NEE should continue to grow nicely.This being the case, it's no surprise that NEE receives an A-rating in Portfolio Grader. As you can see below, NextEra Energy is achieving excellent earnings growth, as well as operating margin growth. Return on equity is also quite good.Though its Fundamentals hold a C-rating, what's really important is that its Quantitative Grade is an "A." It's the most powerful variable in my grading stock formula, as it indicates the current level of buying pressure. And based on this week's past action, folks are still buying. Not only did the stock end the week up 4.1%, but it closed higher despite broader market's selling on Friday.This is what I consider a "Bulletproof" stock. It will do well no matter which way the market turns, thanks to its strong Fundamentals, earnings and sales growth. That's why I recommended it to my Growth Investor subscribers a few years ago, and why it's sitting pretty with over a 40% return right now. I'm such a fan of it that I've made it Top Five Stocks on my Growth Investor Buy List.It also doesn't hurt that it offers a 2.3% dividend yield. NEE has an ex-dividend date on August 28. The company will pay a quarterly dividend of $1.25 per share on September 16 to all shareholders of record on August 29.Now, NEE isn't my only "Bulletproof" stock. There are many others across different sectors that meandered higher while the broader market stumbled, four of which popped more than 5% this week. You can learn more about them here.Louis Navellier is a renowned growth investor. He is the editor of four investing newsletters: Growth Investor, Breakthrough Stocks, Accelerated Profits and Platinum Growth. His most popular service, Growth Investor, has a track record of beating the market 3:1 over the last 14 years. He uses a combination of quantitative and fundamental analysis to identify market-beating stocks. Mr. Navellier has made his proven formula accessible to investors via his free, online stock rating tool, PortfolioGrader.com. Louis Navellier may hold some of the aforementioned securities in one or more of his newsletters. More From InvestorPlace * 2 Toxic Pot Stocks You Should Avoid * 15 Growth Stocks to Buy for the Long Haul * 5 More Cloud Stocks With Plenty of Potential * 5 Clean Energy ETFs to Buy for 2019 The post Utility Stocks: Sometimes 'Boring' Investments Are Best appeared first on InvestorPlace.
Of the two businesses, the company’s wind vertical has performed better, generating returns on equity in the high teens, the analyst said, adding that there are multiple barriers to entry in the wind energy space. Investors seem to underappreciate the fact that NextEra Energy is among "the biggest indirect beneficiaries" of a trend of interest rates that remain "lower for longer," Byrd said.
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Editor's note: This story was previously published in June 2019. It has since been updated and republished.The 2020 Olympic Summer Games are to be held in Tokyo, Japan. The organizers are planning to power the events with 100% renewable energy, which is great news for renewable energy stocks.Not only will the facilities where the sporting events are to take place to be powered exclusively by solar and wind power, so, too, will the athletes' village, international broadcasting center and press facilities. InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading TipsIt's an unprecedented undertaking that will highlight the decarbonization of Japan, providing a view into a future fully powered without fossil fuels. * 8 Dividend Aristocrat Stocks to Buy Now No Matter What The city of Tokyo plans to generate 30% of its annual power consumption needs through renewable energy sources that include solar roads -- already installed on highways in France -- across the city by 2030. The following seven renewable energy stocks to buy will benefit from the publicity generated at the 2020 Olympic Games.However, that's nearly two years from now. Here's why each of them makes very compelling investments today: NextEra Energy (NEE)Not only is NextEra Energy (NYSE:NEE) the world's largest utility, it's also the largest producer of wind and solar energy anywhere on the planet, making it one of the best renewable energy stocks to buy for the long haul. Source: Shutterstock Many people probably know NextEra because of its Florida Power and Light subsidiary that serves more than five million Floridians and is one of the largest rate-regulated electric utilities in the U.S.However, it is the subsidiary NextEra Energy Resources that is paving the way for future shareholders gains. It owns 120 wind facilities in North America that generate 13,000 megawatts of energy annually. It also generates more than 2,000 megawatts of solar power from facilities in seven states and Canada, along with natural gas-fired and nuclear power plants that deliver additional power generation.However, it is the company's views on diversity that makes it an excellent long-term investment. I'm not much of a fan of investing in utilities, but NextEra Energy's definitely got me very intrigued. Brookfield Renewable Partners (BEP)Brookfield Renewable Partners (NYSE:BEP) announced that it had increased its ownership (with partners) of TerraForm Power (NASDAQ:TERP) from 51% to 65% by purchasing an additional 61 million shares in a private placement. The investment will add $80 million annually to Brookfield Renewable's funds from operations, making it one of the really smart stocks to buy to get into solar. Source: Shutterstock TerraForm Power generates 3,634 megawatts of solar and wind power around the globe with 65% right here in the U.S., another 26% in Europe, and the remainder from facilities in Canada, Chile and Uruguay. Brookfield Renewable worldwide has 843 renewable power facilities in North America, Latin America and Europe capable of producing 16,300 megawatts of power annually.In North America alone, its renewable energy facilities generate enough electricity to power 2 million homes. * 5 Cheap Stocks to Buy Now That the Fed Cut Rates If you want to own more than renewable energy assets, you might consider Brookfield Asset Management (NYSE:BAM) which owns 61% of BEP and is one of the world's largest alternative asset managers. If I could only own one company's stock, Brookfield Asset Management would be at the top of my list. TransAlta (TAC) Like Brookfield Renewable, it could be more attractive to U.S. investors to choose TransAlta Corporation (NYSE:TAC) as a one of the best renewable energy stocks to buy rather than its 64%-owned renewable energy subsidiary TransAlta Renewables (TSE:RNW), which trades on the Toronto Stock Exchange. Source: russellstreet via FlickrTransAlta Renewables pays approximately CAD 150 million in dividends annually to its parent from the free cash flow generated from wind-power facilities in the U.S. and Canada. These facilities have the capacity to produce 1,248 megawatts of power and 49% of its annual cash flow along with natural gas-fired power generation that delivers 47% of its annual cash flow with hydroelectric facilities providing the rest. TransAlta Renewables is in the process of strengthening its balance sheet. Over the past two years, it has cut CAD$900 million of its debt, which should result in the company's free cash flow doubling over the next three years. The company currently pays a 1.95% monthly dividend, so by buying the parent, you're giving yourself a little more safety but a much lower dividend yield. Although there are risks to owning Canada's largest generator of wind power, if you're an aggressive investor, I'd go with RNW. Enviva (EVA)This is probably the least sexy renewable energy stocks to buy in the sector, but Enviva Partners (NYSE:EVA) is a good one nonetheless.Source: Alternative Heat via FlickrEviva is the world's largest producer of wood pellets, producing over three million metric tons each year from seven plants in the Southeastern part of the U.S. The pellets themselves are sold to utilities in the U.K. and Europe that use them in place of coal to produce a cleaner electricity source. * 10 Cyclical Stocks to Buy (or Sell) Now Thanks to wood pellet businesses in the south like Enviva, greenhouse gas emissions have been reduced (PDF), forests are growing and jobs have been created, providing a trio of benefits that are hard to beat.Enviva has long-term supply contracts that provide stable cash flows. If you're an income investor, Enviva is a very safe way to meet your annual income requirements. Renewable Energy Group (REGI)Renewable Energy Group (NASDAQ:REGI) is another simple yet attractive business turning vegetable oils and animal fats into diesel fuel. Whenever you see one of those trucks sucking out the grease traps at a restaurant, it's going to one of Renewable Energy's 13 biomass refineries to be turned into diesel fuel. The company has the capacity to produce 575 million gallons of diesel fuel annually, 70% of which is sold to major travel centers and fuel marketers.The demand for biodiesel is tremendous. California, Texas, New York and seven other states bought 1.5 billion gallons of the stuff in 2018, up from 1.15 billion in 2016. To be clear, REGI has really struggled so far this year, losing more than 50%, but I believe it has got room to move into the $30s on rising demand. TPI Composites (TPIC)What is one of the main ingredients needed for wind power? Wind, of course, but you also need turbine blades to generate that power. TPI Composites (NASDAQ:TPIC) is the largest independent manufacturer of composite wind blades for turbine manufacturers. It has facilities in North America, Europe and Asia and is one of those stocks to buy for an alternate position on renewables. Source: Susann Nilsson via FlickrAlthough its major business is providing wind blades for turbines, the company is working to diversify its revenue streams. Last year, it announced a joint development agreement with Navistar International (NYSE:NAV) to develop a composite tractor and frame rails for a Class 8 truck. * 10 Generation Z Stocks to Buy Long The project brings the company's strategic development plans into a new area outside of its core market providing investors with promising future growth.For all of 2019, analysts on average expect TPI Composites' revenue to reach $1.5 billion for the first time in the company's history. With margins moving higher, the profits will follow. Siemens (SIEGY)This last one gives you exposure to a global industrial player in Siemens (OTCMKTS:SIEGY) which, amongst its many ventures, owns 59% of Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy (OTCMKTS:GCTAF), the world's largest producer of wind turbines and one of the interesting renewable stocks to buy without going all in on renewables. Source: FlickrSiemens Gamesa sells its turbines to both onshore and offshore wind farms around the world. In Norway alone, Siemens Gamesa's turbines provide more than 500 megawatts of power with another 390 megawatts under installation. It has a total installed base of 85 gigawatts of power generated from its wind turbines. As of this writing, Will Ashworth did not hold a position in any of the aforementioned securities. 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Evergy's (EVRG) Q2 earnings are lower than expected due to unfavorable weather. The company reiterates its 2019 earnings per share guidance.
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Duke Energy (DUK) posts better-than-expected results in the second quarter of 2019. Both the metrics also increase on a year-over-year basis.