|Bid||31.04 x 900|
|Ask||31.14 x 2900|
|Day's range||30.80 - 31.35|
|52-week range||25.30 - 38.19|
|Beta (3Y Monthly)||0.58|
|PE ratio (TTM)||15.49|
|Earnings date||1 Nov 2018|
|Forward dividend & yield||1.64 (5.31%)|
|1y target est||31.27|
Each of these high-yielding utilities have solid growth plans, but one comes with a little more uncertainty.
According to Wall Street analysts’ consensus, Xcel Energy (XEL) stock has a median target price of $49.38—compared to its current market price of $48.27, which indicates a potential upside of 2.3% in a year.
Currently, Xcel Energy (XEL) stock is trading at a forward PE ratio of 19x based on the estimated EPS in 2019. Utilities at large are trading at an average forward PE ratio of 18.5x. Xcel Energy’s five-year historical average PE ratio is ~18x. Xcel Energy looks a little expensive considering its historical valuation and peer’s average valuation. According to analysts’ estimates, Xcel Energy is expecting earnings growth of 5.5% in 2019. Xcel Energy stock appears to be trading at a premium given its relatively slower growth and its next 12-month PE ratio.
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So far in 2018, FirstEnergy (FE) has outperformed peer utilities in terms of total returns. FirstEnergy has returned 28% based on stock appreciation and dividend payments. The company’s better-than-expected quarterly earnings and separation of relatively riskier competitive operations has influenced FirstEnergy’s market performance. Currently, FirstEnergy is trading at a dividend yield of 3.8%. The company is expected to pay an annualized dividend of $1.44 per share in 2018.
Brokerages seem to be bullish on FirstEnergy (FE). One of the top-rallied stocks among the S&P 500 Utilities, FirstEnergy received a target price increase from several brokerage houses. Mizuho Securities raised FirstEnergy’s target price from $36.5 to $39.5 on October 11.
Currently, Southern Company (SO) stock offers an upside potential of 3.5% from its current level of $43.92. Analysts have given Southern Company a median target price of $45.44.
At large, utilities rose ~2% last week despite the strength in Treasury yields. The benchmark ten-year Treasury yield closed at a multiyear high at 3.23% last week. In comparison, broader markets fell 1% during the week.
PPL (PPL) has an impressive earnings surprise history and currently possesses the right combination of the two key ingredients for a likely beat in its next quarterly report.
PPL (PPL) stock has a median target price of $31.27—compared to its current market price of $29.56, which indicates an estimated upside of ~6% for the next 12 months.
PPL (PPL), the top-yielding stock among the S&P 500 Utilities, has underperformed its peers in terms of total returns in 2018. PPL’s total returns were -1%, while broader utilities (XLU) have returned more than 2% year-to-date. NextEra Energy (NEE) has returned 10% during the same period. Total returns consider the dividend payments and stock appreciation during a particular period. So far, broader markets have returned 11% in 2018.
Currently, PPL (PPL) is trading at a dividend yield of 5.5%—one of the highest yields among the top utilities. The Utilities Select Sector SPDR ETF (XLU), which represents the S&P 500 Utilities, is trading at a yield of 3.5%. Southern Company (SO) stock also offers a dividend yield of 5.5%. To compare these top-yielding utility stocks, read SO and PPL: How These Top-Yielding Utilities Stack Up.
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Recently, utilities were weak, while benchmark Treasury yields peaked to a seven-year high. Similar weakness was witnessed in PPL (PPL) stock—one of the laggards among utilities this year. Currently, PPL is trading at $29.56, which is marginally above its 50-day moving average and 2% above its 200-day moving average. PPL’s 50-day moving average breaking above its 200-day moving average is called a “golden cross,” which is a bullish signal. PPL’s 200-day moving average level around $29.48 could act as a support for the stock going forward.
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As of September 26, Reuters has compiled data from 20 analysts tracking Exelon (EXC) stock. Five have rated EXC as a “strong buy,” and nine have rated it as a “buy.” The rest have rated the stock as a “hold.” No analysts have rated EXC as a “sell.”
On September 26, Exelon (EXC) was trading at a dividend yield of 3.3%. At that level, it’s 20 basis points below the Utilities Select Sector SPDR ETF’s (XLU) yield.
Exelon’s (EXC) EV-to-EBITDA (enterprise value-to-EBITDA) multiple is 7.57x. The five-year average EV-to-EBITDA multiple for EXC is 7.35x. Currently, EXC is trading at a small premium to its historical average.
Utilities, one of the most vulnerable sectors when it comes to interest rates, fell 1% after the FOMC (Federal Open Market Committee) increased the Fed funds rate by 25 basis points on September 26. The much-anticipated hike raised the rates to 2%–2.25%. It marked the third rate hike for 2018 and the eighth since the Fed started rate normalization in December 2015. Staying with its 2018 target, the FOMC projects one more rate hike this year and three rate hikes next year.
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Southern Company (SO), one of the largest utility stocks, presents an upside potential of ~4.0% from its current price level of ~$44.01. Analysts have given Southern Company a median target price of $45.86.
Southern Company (SO) expects to increase its EPS by 4%–6% annually for the next few years, which is in line with the industry average. Southern Company’s stock performance has been negatively affected by power plant issues in the last few years.