XLU Jan 2020 46.000 call

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Sempra's business is doing well: Both revenues and earnings are trending higher amid a favorable economic backdrop.Plus, the company is continuing its energy diversification efforts by expanding its liquid natural gas (LNG) business, something which the company feels can help fuel sustainable long-term growth. * 10 Undervalued Stocks With Breakout Potential The dividend yield on SRE stock sits right around 2.8%. That isn't great, but it's right around where the yield has been over the past several years. Duke Energy (DUK)Source: Shutterstock Next up is electric power and gas utility giant Duke Energy (NYSE:DUK). Much like the other names on this list, Duke's operations are stable and healthy. That said, DUK stock is up more than 7% year-to-date with a dividend yield of 4.15%.Business remains fine, mostly thanks to favorable weather and strengthening economic conditions. And Duke's revenues and earnings have been trending consistently higher at a slow and stable rate.This level of growth should persist for the next several years as economic conditions remain solid. American Water Works Company (AWK)Source: Shutterstock Although electricity and power are very important utilities, another utility of equal importance is water, and that is where American Water Works Company (NYSE:AWK) comes into the picture.American Water provides waters services to 15 million people across 46 states and Canada. That makes American Water the largest and most diverse publicly traded water company.Moreover, American Water is planning on spending a whole bunch of money over the next several years to modernize water distribution infrastructure, an investment that will likely lead to rate hike approvals and robust long-term earnings growth. * 10 Cheap Dividend Stocks to Load Up On AWK stock has a dividend yield of 1.62%. That isn't great. But, what the company lacks in dividend yield, it makes up for in earnings growth, which should be able to run around 10%-per-year for the next several years. It's already up nearly 40% this year. That combination of healthy earnings growth and stable yield should make AWK stock a winning investment. NextEra Energy (NEE)Source: Shutterstock Perhaps the utility stock with the most long-term earnings-growth potential on this list is NextEra Energy (NYSE:NEE). That is because not only does NextEra operate a massive utility business like the other utility players on this list, but the company is also a leading player in renewable energy and battery storage.Over the past decade, this company has grown earnings and dividends at an 8%-per-year clip, and that robust growth should continue so long as the company's renewable business continues to scale.The one thing to be worried about when it comes to NEE stock is that the dividend yield is at 2.4%, which is a five-year low. 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    [Editor's note: "5 of the Best Utility ETFs to Invest in Now" was previously published in February 2019. It has since been updated to include the most relevant information available.]The utilities sector accounts for a very small percentage of the S&P 500. Typically, that would lead investors to think the utilities sector is overlooked, but among the broad market's smaller sectors, utility stocks are among the more widely followed. There are several reasons why utilities grab attention despite the group's diminutive status in broader benchmarks.First, the sector usually is not as volatile as more cyclical groups. Second, utility stocks and exchange-traded funds are often prized for above-average dividend yields. Today, the Utilities Select Sector SPDR (NYSEARCA:XLU), the largest utility ETF, has a dividend yield of 3%, or more than a percentage point above the yield on the S&P 500.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading Tips * 7 Great Small-Cap Stocks to Buy For investors looking to reduce the volatility of their portfolios while bolstering their income streams, here are some of the best utility ETFs to consider right now. Fidelity MSCI Utilities ETF (FUTY)Expense Ratio: 0.08%, or $8 annually per $10,000 investedFidelity's cheap ETF footprint is consistently growing and its status as the provider of the least expensive sector ETFs is a big reason why. Yes, that means the Fidelity MSCI Utilities ETF (NYSEARCA:FUTY) is currently the cheapest out of all the utility ETFs on the market. Fidelity clients can realize added cost benefits with this utility ETF because Fidelity ETFs are available commission-free.The $733 million FUTY follows the MSCI USA IMI Utilities Index. FUTY is comparable to XLU, but these utility ETFs are not identical twins. That much is proven by FUTY's slight edges in annualized volatility and returns over the past three years.While FUTY has some differences with the rival XLU, the dividend yield on the two utility ETFs is comparable as are earnings metrics. Reaves Utilities ETF (UTES)Expense Ratio: 0.95%The Reaves Utilities ETF (NYSEARCA:UTES) sports a high fee because it is an actively managed utilities ETF. But it's still one of the best ETFs out there for those looking to invest in utility stocksThe aim of UTES is to outperform the S&P 500 Utilities Index. UTES' qualitative (management interviews, field research, macro factor analysis) and quantitative (modeling, valuation, technicals) analysis inform bottom-up security selection through a dynamic investment process emphasizing disciplined risk management," according to the issuer. * 7 Great Small-Cap Stocks to Buy Active management does have some benefits within the utility sector. For example, the UTES management team can drill down on the sector's better risk/reward opportunities while potentially identifying some utility stocks that are less sensitive to rising interest rates than the sector at large. In 2019, this utilities ETF is beating XLU by 1.5 percentage points. Invesco S&P 500 Equal Weight Utilities ETF (RYU)Expense Ratio: 0.40%Many of the largest utility ETFs are cap-weighted funds, meaning they tilt toward the sector's largest constituents. That strategy makes sense because the sector is a large cap-intensive group, but reducing dependency on the sector's biggest names can payoff from time-to-time.The Invesco S&P 500 Equal Weight Utilities ETF (NYSEARCA:RYU), the dominant name among equal-weight utility ETFs, is home to 28 stocks. None of its components command weights of more than 4.3%. In traditional utility ETFs, the largest holding's weight is usually double or triple what it is in RYU.This utility ETF allocates about 35% of its weight to mid-cap stocks, a figure that is high relative to rival funds. Invesco DWA Utilities Momentum ETF (PUI)Expense Ratio: 0.60%When an investor really wants a unique weighting methodology for utility stocks, the Invesco DWA Utilities Momentum ETF (NASDAQ:PUI) is the best utility ETF to consider.PUI tracks the Dorsey Wright Utilities Technical Leaders Index, which "is designed to identify companies that are showing relative strength (momentum), and is composed of at least 30 securities from the NASDAQ US Benchmark Index. Relative strength is the measurement of a security's performance in a given universe over time as compared to the performance of all other securities in that universe," according to Invesco. * 7 Great Small-Cap Stocks to Buy While momentum is not often a trait associated with utilities ETFs, the point is PUI works when this sector is in favor. Invesco S&P SmallCap Utilities & Communication Services ETF (PSCU)Expense Ratio: 0.29%Speaking of smaller utility stocks, the Invesco S&P SmallCap Utilities & Communication Services ETF (NASDAQ:PSCU) is the small-cap answer to the aforementioned XLU. All of POSCU's holdings are small-cap stocks, according to Invesco.Yes, small-cap utility ETFs can outperform their large-cap peers, but do not expect a utility ETF like PSCU to consistently outperform standard small-cap benchmarks.As of this writing, Todd Shriber did not hold a position in any of the aforementioned securities. More From InvestorPlace * 2 Toxic Pot Stocks You Should Avoid * 10 Cheap Dividend Stocks to Load Up On * The 10 Biggest Losers from Q2 Earnings * 5 Dependable Dividend Stocks to Buy The post 5 of the Best Utility ETFs to Invest in Now appeared first on InvestorPlace.

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