Dividends4Life: 3 Utility Stocks to Buy for Long-Term Stability and Yield

Utility stocks are often viewed as bond proxies with their relatively stable yields. As a group, they suffered a decline after the 2016 elections as investors moved toward a more risk-on strategy. Utilities were sold off in the second half of 2016 under the presumption that they were too safe. A stronger economy would mean opportunities for gains beyond what utilities would offer. Below are three utility stocks that prioritize yield and balance underlying growth...

Both CenterPoint Energy, Inc.’s (NYSE:CNP) core electric transmission and natural gas distribution businesses have demonstrated not only resilience but also growth. Southern Co (NYSE:SO) boasts 15 years of consecutive dividend increases, delivering consistent shareholder returns from its diversified energy operations across natural gas, coal, nuclear, renewables and hydro. Entergy Corporation (NYSE:ETR) is an integrated energy company that has interests in production and retail distribution. It owns and operates power plants (about a third of capacity comes from nuclear power), serving communities in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas.

Source: InvestorPlace

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