|Bid||0.00 x 2900|
|Ask||0.00 x 45900|
|Day's Range||58.30 - 58.60|
|52 Week Range||48.35 - 58.90|
|PE Ratio (TTM)||9.63|
|Beta (3Y Monthly)||0.32|
|Expense Ratio (net)||0.13%|
Utilities: Valuations, Charts, and Target Prices Last Week(Continued from Prior Part)Moving averagesThe Utilities Select Sector SPDR ETF (XLU), the representative of top utility stocks in the country, continued to rise. XLU is trading at $58.5,
Utilities: Valuations, Charts, and Target Prices Last WeekUtilities outperformWith the steep fall on March 22, the S&P 500 lost more than 0.7% on a weekly basis, while utilities continued to gain. The Utilities Select Sector SPDR ETF (XLU) rose
Comparing Utility Giants: NextEra Energy and Dominion Energy(Continued from Prior Part)Dividend profileNextEra Energy’s (NEE) current dividend yield of 2.6% is lower than broader utilities’ (XLU) average yield of 3.0%. Dominion Energy (D) stock
While the rest of the markets tumbled, utilities stocks and sector-related ETFs stood out, strengthening in new low-risk environment with depressed yields. Among the better performing areas of the market ...
With just a few trading days left in the first quarter of 2019, the S&P 500 is up nearly 14%. That comes after the benchmark U.S. equity gauge notched one of its best January/February performances on record.Some of the best exchange traded funds (ETFs) this year are delivering performances well in excess of broader markets, potentially setting the stage for more excitement in the second quarter. And let's talk about the second quarter. If history holds true to form, the S&P 500's performances get worse as the quarter moves along.April is the best month of the second quarter, with the average S&P 500 gain in the fourth month of the year over the past two decades being 1.70% before declining to an average May gain of just 0.30%. June is forgettable as the S&P 500 averages a loss of 0.70% in the sixth month of the year.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading Tips * 7 Beaten-Up Stocks to Buy as They Reverse Course Those seasonal trends are not guaranteed to repeat and there are opportunities for funds to join the ranks of the best ETFs as well as notable sector-level opportunities throughout the April through June time frame. Here are some of the best ETFs to consider in the second quarter. Best ETFs for Q2: Energy Select Sector SPDR (XLE)Expense Ratio: 0.13% per year, or $13 on a $10,000 investment.After ranking as one of last year's worst commodities, oil is back with a vengeance this year. In fact, crude's first-quarter showing is on track for one of its best ever. The Energy Select Sector SPDR (NYSEARCA:XLE) is proving to be one of the best ETFs to with which to ride oil's resurgence as the largest energy ETF is up 17% this year.Here is the thing about considering XLE or any other oil ETF as a second-quarter play: like other commodities, oil can be affected by seasonal trends. No matter what the so-called experts say about the summer travel season, oil's historically favorable seasonal period is February to May, meaning XLE could be one of the best ETFs for the second quarter for some but not all of the quarter.Investors will get plenty of information about XLE's ability to perform well in the second quarter when Exxon Mobil (NYSE:XOM) and Chevron (NYSE:CVX) report first-quarter earnings in April because the two largest U.S. oil companies combine for about 40% of XLE's weight. Utilities Select Sector SPDR (XLU)Expense Ratio: 0.13%The Utilities Select Sector SPDR (NYSEARCA:XLU) could be one of the best ETFs for conservative investors in the second quarter. XLU has some favorable seasonality on its side as it ranks as the best-performing sector SPDR fund in the month of June while also being solid performer throughout much of the third quarter.XLU is already up 10.9% this year, indicating expectations that the Federal Reserve will not raise interest rates this year are mostly baked into the fund. Interestingly, the probability of a Fed rate cut late this year is rising, and if it continues to do so, XLU could assert itself as one of the best ETFs over the next several months. * 10 Stocks on the Rise Heading Into the Second Quarter XLU could also be one of the best ETFs for investors looking to remain involved with equities while looking to limit some of the downside that can come if stocks retreat in the latter stages of the second quarter. VanEck Vectors Video Gaming and eSports ETF (ESPO)Expense Ratio: 0.55%Up 18.8% year-to-date, the VanEck Vectors Video Gaming and eSports ETF (NYSEARCA:ESPO) has recently been building momentum and has been notching a series of record highs. Naysayers will note this thematic ETF is just a few months old, but age is not the important number with ESPO. More important are the slew of fundamental factors confirming this fund's status as a potent, disruptive ETF.You do not have to be a gamer, nor do you have to watch eSports on television, to benefit from ESPO. As it is, those trends are growing exponentially and advertisers are taking notice."It's game-on for advertisers in professional videogaming -- e-sports -- which has blossomed into a multibillion-dollar industry," reports Jon Swartz for Barron's. "EMarketer forecasts that U.S. digital ad revenue for e-sports will pass $200 million by 2020. Ad spending, which has grown mostly through corporate sponsorships, media rights, ticket sales, and merchandising, will grow 25% to $178.1 million this year, and another 20% to $213.8 million in 2020, eMarketer says." Pacer Benchmark Industrial Real Estate SCTR ETF (INDS)Expense Ratio: 0.6%As has been widely documented, the retail industry is being disrupted in significant fashion with much of that disruption coming at the expense of traditional brick-and-mortar retailers. While e-commerce companies and online retailers may not have physical stores, they do need commercial real estate -- and lots of it.Enter the Pacer Benchmark Industrial Real Estate SCTR ETF (NYSEARCA:INDS). As its name implies, INDS focuses on industrial REITs. In fact, INDS is the best ETF for doing just that because traditional REIT funds lack adequate exposure to industrial REITs. There are plenty of fundamental factors that confirm INDS' bonafides, but considering the following data point. * 5 Cloud Stocks to Help Your Portfolio Fly "Bank of America projects there is a total addressable market for e-commerce B2B (business-to-business) of $1.4 trillion by 2021, which is nearly double the firm's estimated $761 billion market for consumer e-commerce," reports CNBC. U.S. IPO ETF (IPO)Source: Shutterstock Expense Ratio: 0.6%Up 34.5% this year, the U.S. IPO ETF (NYSEARCA:IPO) is already one of this year's best ETFs, but that status could be cemented in the second quarter if some of this year's IPO "unicorns" come to market as expected."The ETF tracks the rules based Renaissance IPO Index, which adds sizeable new companies on a fast entry basis and the rest upon scheduled quarterly reviews. Companies that have been public for two years are removed at the next quarterly review," according to the issuer.In other words, when some of the PULPS -- Pintrest, Uber, Lyft, Postmates and Slack -- come public, the U.S. IPO ETF can move swiftly to get those stocks into its portfolios. Global X S&P 500 Quality Dividend ETF (QDIV)Expense Ratio: 0.35%While growth stocks and the FAANG quintet are bouncing back in the first quarter, some of the best ETFs are those with exposure to the quality factor. As the Global X S&P 500 Quality Dividend ETF (CBOE:QDIV) illustrates, there are often important intersections between the quality factor and dividend stocks."While there are a handful of definitions for quality, S&P defines it as a combination of a company's return on equity (profitability), debt to book value (financial leverage), and its change in net operating assets (accruals ratio)," according to Global X research. "Companies that score well across these three metrics tend to make good use of invested capital, avoid taking on too much risk through borrowing, and generate strong cash flow." * Top 7 Service Sector Stocks That Will Pay You to Own Them QDIV, which tracks the S&P 500 Quality High Dividend Index, holds 71 stocks, and just because this is a dividend fund, that does not mean investors have to forsake growth. The consumer discretionary and technology sectors combine for over 35% of QDIV's weight. Adding to its best ETF status, QDIV pays a monthly dividend. iShares J.P. Morgan USD Emerging Markets Bond ETF (EMB)Expense Ratio: 0.39%Fixed-income funds usually do not generate performances worthy of best ETFs consideration, but the iShares J.P. Morgan USD Emerging Markets Bond ETF (NASDAQ:EMB) is higher by 6%, which is impressive among bond funds.The more sanguine outlook for U.S. interest rates, including the aforementioned chance of a cut later this year, is bolstering the case for dollar-denominated emerging markets debt."The brightening bond-market outlook shows how the weakest economic growth since the global financial crisis is boosting the case for the Federal Reserve's dovish turn, limiting the dollar's gains and allowing other central banks around the world to follow suit," according to Bloomberg.EMB, the world's largest emerging markets bond fund, holds nearly 470 bonds and has an effective duration of 7.31 years. KraneShares Bosera MSCI China A ETF (KBA)Expense Ratio: 0.6%The KraneShares Bosera MSCI China A ETF (NYSEARCA:KBA) is already one of this year's best ETFs and several other A-shares funds have best ETFs due in large part to the recent announcement that MSCI is boosting its international indexes' exposure to the stocks that trade on mainland China.That news is particularly relevant to KBA because it tracks an index devoted to the inclusion of A-shares in MSCI indexes, meaning the fund's benchmark is loaded with stocks that are going to be making the move into the famed MSCI Emerging Markets Index, among other benchmarks. * 7 Small-Cap Stocks That Make the Grade "We believe that the MSCI China A Inclusion Index (KBA's index) has distinct advantages over other popular Mainland China benchmarks, in particular, the CSI 300 Index," according to KraneShares research. "The CSI 300 Index, originally built for domestic Chinese investors, consists of the 300 largest China A-Share stocks ranked by market capitalization. In comparison, the MSCI China A Inclusion Index currently tracks 239 securities deemed most suitable for international investors by MSCI." ETFMG Prime Mobile Payments ETF (IPAY)Source: Shutterstock Expense Ratio: 0.75%Up 23% year-to-date, the ETFMG Prime Mobile Payments ETF (NYSEARCA:IPAY) is already one of the best ETFs for investors looking for alternatives to traditional financial services ETFs.When comes to funds like IPAY, investors are hearing plenty about the move away from cash, how the mobile payments industry is taking off and how those themes are benefiting stocks like PayPal (NASDAQ:PYPL) and Square (NYSE:SQ).Another factor bolstering the case for mobile payments funds is increased industry consolidation. In just the first quarter of this year, two of the industry's largest deals on record have been announced, confirming that an excellent way for mobile payments to build scale and increase their moats is via acquisitions. SPDR S&P MIDCAP 400 ETF (MDY)Expense Ratio: 0.24%From a seasonal perspective, the SPDR S&P MIDCAP 400 ETF (NYSEARCA:MDY) is one of the best ETFs to consider in the second quarter because the mid-cap fund's average April and May gains overshoot those of the S&P 500 and the S&P MidCap 400 Index historically falters in June, it does so by less than the large-cap S&P 500.Beyond seasonality, mid-cap funds are some of the best ETFs for long-term investors to consider. Mid-cap stocks have outperformed large-caps for decades. Stocks in the $2 billion to $10 billion market cap range also often outpace small caps and do so with less volatility. * 15 Stocks That May Be Hurt by This Year's Big IPOs The $19.55 billion MDY has a cyclical feel as it allocates almost a third of its weight to the technology and financial services sectors. Industrial and consumer discretionary names combine for almost 27% of the fund's weight.As of this writing, Todd Shriber does not own any of the aforementioned securities. More From InvestorPlace * 2 Toxic Pot Stocks You Should Avoid * 7 Specialty Retail ETFs to Buy the Industry's Disruption * 5 Stocks To Buy for the Happiest Employees * 3 Out-of-Favor Consumer Stocks to Buy Compare Brokers The post The 10 Best ETFs to Buy in the Second Quarter appeared first on InvestorPlace.
Comparing Utility Giants: NextEra Energy and Dominion Energy(Continued from Prior Part)Moving averagesDominion Energy (D) stock has been underperforming utilities at large for more than a year. Currently, Dominion Energy is trading at $74.9, which
Comparing Utility Giants: NextEra Energy and Dominion Energy(Continued from Prior Part)Free cash flow The free cash flow is the difference between the operating cash flow and capital expenditure. The free cash flow is a vital metric for measuring
Comparing Utility Giants: NextEra Energy and Dominion Energy(Continued from Prior Part)Debt burdenNextEra Energy (NEE) had a net debt of $37.0 billion at the end of the fourth quarter. At the same time, Dominion Energy (D) had a net debt of $35.0
What Led to AES’s Rally and Where It Could Go From Here(Continued from Prior Part)Moving averagesAES (AES) stock is currently trading at $18.15, ~8% and ~23% above its 50-day and 200-day moving averages, respectively, suggesting strength. Its
What Led to AES’s Rally and Where It Could Go From Here(Continued from Prior Part)Valuation AES’s (AES) forward PE multiple is 13.3x, lower than its historical average and utilities’ average of 17x–18x. However, based on analysts’
What Led to AES’s Rally and Where It Could Go From Here(Continued from Prior Part)Dividend yield AES’s (AES) dividend yield is 3.0%, its lowest in the last few years. Its yield has fallen in the last few quarters due to its stock rallying. This
Utilities: Leaders and Laggards Last Week(Continued from Prior Part)Analysts’ target prices In this part, we’ll discuss mid-sized utility stocks that received a target price change from analysts last week. According to analysts’ estimates,
What Led to AES’s Rally and Where It Could Go From Here(Continued from Prior Part)Earnings growth AES (AES) achieved the higher end of its adjusted earnings guidance last year, with its EPS rising year-over-year to $1.48 from $0.77. AES expects
Investors could make a near-term bet on rate sensitive sectors in the basket form as these will continue to trade smoothly if interest rates remain steady.
What Led to AES’s Rally and Where It Could Go From HereAES stays strong AES (AES), one of the top gainers among utilities last year, has continued its upward march. This year, AES stock has risen more than 25%, significantly outperforming broader
Utilities: Leaders and Laggards Last Week(Continued from Prior Part)Implied volatilityOn March 15, the Utilities Select Sector SPDR (XLU) had an implied volatility of 10.5%—lower than its 15-day average. In comparison, SPY’s implied volatility
Utilities: Leaders and Laggards Last Week(Continued from Prior Part)Top-yielding utilitiesPPL (PPL) leads the pack with its dividend yields of 5.1%—compared to peers’ average of ~3%. The high yield indicates a premium of ~250 basis points
Utilities: Leaders and Laggards Last Week(Continued from Prior Part)Total returns In the last five years, utilities on average returned 70% and beat the S&P 500 marginally. With their slow but stable earnings and dividend growth, utilities
AEP, EXC, and Other Utilities: Analysts’ Views and Price Targets(Continued from Prior Part)Total returns In this series, we’ve discussed analysts’ views on and price targets for some of the top utilities. Let’s see how these utilities have
Utilities: Leaders and Laggards Last Week(Continued from Prior Part)Chart indicators Currently, the Utilities Select Sector SPDR ETF (XLU) is trading at $58.2 after hitting an all-time high of $58.7 last week. The premium of 5% and 8% from its
Utilities: Leaders and Laggards Last Week(Continued from Prior Part)PG&E stock keeps climbingPG&E (PCG) filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in late January. Investors seem to have faith in the stock. PG&E stock has risen more
[Editor's note: This story was originally published in September 2018. It has since been updated and republished.]Utility stocks were supposed to be yesterday's favorite investment. The theory regarding utility stocks was simple: Robust economic growth coupled with a full labor market was supposed to spark rising inflation. The Fed was supposed to fight rising inflation with rate hikes. Fixed income yields were supposed to rise. Utility stocks, which were long viewed as bond substitutes in an era of ultra-low interest rates, were supposed to fall.But that theory hasn't fully materialized into reality.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading TipsThe result? Utility stocks haven't lost their shine. With inflation relatively contained and investors ducking into safety, stocks in utilities are still attractive assets to own for yield hunters. That is why after a big drop to start 2018 amid a soaring 10-Year yield, the Utilities Select Sector SPDR ETF (NYSEARCA:XLU) finished 2018 up 0.5% compared to the S&P 500's 6.2% loss.If the markets continue rising during the rest of 2019, can utility stocks continue their run of luck? Probably. Inflation isn't soaring higher because technology giants are suppressing inflationary pressures (just think about the downward pressure Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN) is putting on all consumer goods prices). This trend won't reverse any time soon, and thus, inflationary pressures should remain subdued for the foreseeable future. With those forces subdued, utility stocks have room to rally. * 7 Small-Cap Stocks That Make the Grade With that said, what are the best utility stocks to buy for your portfolio? Here's a list of five stocks that I think are worth a look: American Electric Power (AEP)Considered one of the industry's heavyweights, American Electric Power (NYSE:AEP) is a massive electric utility company that delivers electricity to more than 5 million customers across eleven states.The business right now is doing pretty well. Robust economic strength in the company's core markets has boosted the business. Overall, sales and earnings are both trending higher at a healthy rate. Sempra Energy (SRE)Another one of the industry's heavyweights is Sempra Energy (NYSE:SRE), the multi-faceted energy company that provides energy services to more than 40 million customers globally across Southern California, Texas, Chile and Peru.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. * 7 Small-Cap Stocks That Make the Grade The dividend yield on SRE stock sits right around 3.11%. That isn't great, but that is higher than where the yield has been over the past several years (largely below 3%). Duke Energy (DUK)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.Mostly thanks to favorable weather and strengthening economic conditions, 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.On the yield side of things, DUK stock has a 4.1% dividend yield, which is one of the more attractive yields in this space. . American Water Works Company (AWK)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. * 7 Small-Cap Stocks That Make the Grade AWK stock has a dividend yield of 1.7%. 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. That combination of healthy earnings growth and stable yield should make AWK stock a winning investment. NextEra Energy (NEE)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 2.6%, which is a five-year low. But, earnings growth is robust, and it is large enough to compensate for a historically low dividend yield.As of this writing, Luke Lango was long AMZN and AWK. More From InvestorPlace * 2 Toxic Pot Stocks You Should Avoid * 5 of the Best Stocks to Buy Under $10 * 7 Single-Digit P/E Stocks With Massive Upside * 7 Best Quantum Computing Stocks Trading Today Compare Brokers The post 5 Utility Stocks to Buy for an Extra Durable Portfolio appeared first on InvestorPlace.
Utilities: Leaders and Laggards Last WeekUtilities at an all-time high Broader markets moved higher on the China-US trade front and rose 2.5% last week. Utilities rose more than 1% for the week ending March 15. Utility stocks have been strong
AEP, EXC, and Other Utilities: Analysts’ Views and Price Targets(Continued from Prior Part)FirstEnergyAccording to Wall Street analysts’ estimates, FirstEnergy (FE) stock has a target price of $42.67 compared to its current market price of