Friday, August 17, 2012

Utility Stock Dividends Being Raised

The dividends of electric utilities are moving up. For example, Cleco Corporation (CNL), a utility holding company operating in Louisiana, just made a dividend payment which reflected an increase in the quarterly dividend from $0.3125 per share to $0.3375 per share. Algonquin Power & Utilities Corp. (AQUNF), based in Ontario, Canada, announced last week that it had raised its dividend by 11%.

MGE Energy, Inc. (MGEE) just announced that it increased the regular quarterly dividend to $0.3951 per share. This represents the 37th consecutive annual dividend increase. All three of these companies have dividend yields in excess of 3% according to the free list of high yield electric utility stocks at

There are many other high dividend utility stocks to choose from. For example, in one area of the United States where real estate seems to have bottomed out, Pinnacle West Capital (PNW) owns Arizona Public Service Company, which provides electric services throughout the state. It trades at 15 times trailing earnings and forward earnings, and pays a CD beating yield of 3.9%. Earnings for the latest quarter were up an incredible 41% on a 9.8% boost in revenues.

Consolidated Edison, Inc. (ED), which provides electricity to New York City and Westchester County, has a trailing price to earnings ratio of 17, and a forward PE of 16. The company pays a 3.8% yield to its shareholders. Latest quarterly earnings growth was 29.7% on a 7.4% drop in sales.

To access a free list of top yielding electric utility stocks, go to

Disclosure: Author didn't own any of the above at the time the article was written.


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