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Portfolio of Dividend-Paying Electric Utilities Stocks

Well-managed electric utilities are excellent candidates for a dividend reinvestment portfolio. Typically, electric utilities generate lots of excess cash and pay it out as dividends to shareholders.


Look for a company that has consistent earnings growth, a long history of rising dividends and a reasonable payout ratio, which is the ratio of dividends to earnings. A low payout ratio (less than 70 percent) indicates the possibility of future dividend increases. A very high payout ratio (greater than 90 percent) may not be sustainable and may signal a dividend cut in the future.

If the dividend yield (annual dividend divided by stock price) is very high (greater than six or seven percent) the company may have problems - the high yield may be due to a low stock price. Be very wary of stocks with high dividend yields and high payout ratios.

The following table includes 9 electric utilities that have multiyear histories of increasing their dividends. These stocks are worth considering for a dividend reinvestment portfolio.

Dividend-Paying Electric Utilities Stocks
Stock
Quote
Annual Dividend & Yield
1-Yr Price Chart
American Electric Power
2.36 (3.22%)
Consolidated Edison
2.76 (3.30%)
Dominion Resources
3.02 (3.87%)
Duke Energy
3.56 (4.10%)
Entergy
3.48 (4.45%)
Hawaiian Electric Industries
1.24 (3.68%)
PPL Corporation
1.58 (4.07%)
Southern Energy
2.32 (4.69%)
Wisconsin Energy
2.08 (3.19%)
Dividend yield data from Yahoo! Finance as of Sep-16-2017. Price and dividend data from Quandl.


To inspect the performance of the Dividend-Paying Electric Utilities Stocks portfolio, see the returns table and chart below. Portfolio values are computed using quarterly closes for from Quandl.

All 9 are included in the portfolio computations. The current value of the portfolio assumes that $1,111.11 was invested (total of $10,000) in each at its closing weekly price for the current date in 2007.


Dividend-Paying Electric Utilities Stocks - Return Results
Portfolio:
Dividend-Paying Electric Utilities Stocks
Start date:
Sep-18-2007
Start value:
$10,000
End date:
Sep-18-2017
End value:
$25,772
Number prices
41
Minimum value occurred on Mar-31-2009
$7,819
Maximum value occurred on Sep-30-2017
$25,772
Total gain or loss (Start date to End date)
157.72%
Annualized gain or loss (Start date to End date)
232.24%
Total dollar value on End date of a $10,000 purchase made on Start date
$25,772
Average percent return for all possible buy/sell combinations
49.34%
Number returns
820
Number profitable returns (Winners)
724
Percent profitable returns
88.29%
Number unprofitable returns (Losers)
96
Percent unprofitable returns
11.71%
Winners to losers ratio
7.54
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