Saturday, June 02, 2012

Electrify Your Portfolio with High Yield Electric Utilities

Did you know that electricity was originally 'discovered' through electric fish back in 2750 BC in Egypt? The word 'electricus' was coined by William Gilbert at the beginning of the 17th century, a British scientist who analyzed the attraction of two objects when rubbed together. The inventor of the incandescent light bulb was not Thomas Edison, but Sir Humphry Davy, who used a platinum filament.

A great way to invest in electricity is through electric utilities. The yields on these utilities range from 3.0% to above 7.0%, based on the free list of electric utility stocks at There are over 30 different stocks that are available for investing.

One of the most diverse utilities, in terms of energy sources is Hawaiian Electric Industries (HE). This is one of the leading utilities involved in the utilization of renewable energy sources for the generation of electricity; the company even uses sugarcane waste to generate electricity. The other sources include wind, solar, photovoltaic, geothermal, wave, hydroelectric, municipal waste, and other biofuels. The latest reported quarterly earnings ending March 31 were up over 34.6% on a 14.7% increase in revenues. The stock has a 4.5% yield and trades at 16 times forward earnings.

Dominion Resources (D) yields 4.1% and trades at 15 times earnings. Earnings for the latest quarter were up 3%, however revenues were down almost 14%. This Richmond, Virginia based company provides electricity to customers in Virginia and North Carolina.

Another high yield electric utility is Ameren Corporation (AEE), which serves customers in Missouri and Illinois. The stock trades at 17 times forward earnings and pays a nice yield of 5.0%. This St. Louis based company generates its electricity from coal, nuclear, gas, and hydroelectric sources.

For a list of over 30 high yield electric utility stocks, which can be downloaded, sorted, and updated, go to

Disclosure: Author did not own any of the above at the time the article was written.


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