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(B)(N) The Dow Utilities

January 19, 2014
Susquehanna Steam Electric Plant Courtesy: PPL Corporation

Susquehanna Steam Electric Plant
Courtesy: PPL Corporation

Drama. The Dow Utilities paid out an astounding 96% of their earnings or $14 billion to their shareholders last year for an aggregate dividend yield of 4.1%. Is there any reason to think that they might earn less or pay out less this year?

As usual, we need to pull out the magic compass to figure out what investors are thinking and whether they might bid up the stock prices this year. The fundamentals are cloudy but suggest that investors are satisfied with a 4% market price yield ([P/E] 24×) and a 4% dividend. Please see Exhibit 1 and 2 below.

Exhibit 1: The Dow Utilities – Fundamentals – January 2014

The Dow Jones Utilities - Fundamentals - January 2014

The Dow Jones Utilities – Fundamentals – January 2014

Exhibit 2: The Undervalued Dow Utilities – Risk Price (SF) – January 2014

The Undervalued Dow Utilities - January 2014

The Undervalued Dow Utilities – January 2014

The chart on the left shows that the utilities are still “undervalued” in aggregate although the “gap” between the market value and the “fair price” at the price of risk (Risk Price (SF)) has narrowed considerably since 2011 with a steadily rising “price of risk” for which we credit the industry.

In effect, the market value predicated in 2011 was “earned” two years later (blue line).

+4% and +17%

+4% and +17%
As Good As Cash And Better Than Money

But there’s no reason to own all the utilities to get that result. The companies identified as trading at or above the price of risk in late 2012 have returned a 4% dividend and +17% in market value.

And we know exactly why we own them and how to control the volatility risk and market surprise. Please click on the links The Dow Utilities – Prices & Portfolio and Cash Flow Summary for more details.

Exhibit 3: (B)(N) The Dow Utilities – Prices & Portfolio – January 2014

The Dow Utilities - Prices & Portfolio  - January 2014

The Dow Utilities – Prices & Portfolio – January 2014

For more information on the chart elements and additional references to the theory, please see our Post, The RiskWerk Company Glossary.

And for more on what risk averse investing has done for us this year, please see our recent Posts on The S&P TSX “Hangdog” Market or The Wall Street Put or specialty markets such as The Dow Transports & Utilities or (B)(N) The Woods Are Burning, or for the real class actionLa Dolce Vita – Let’s Do Prada! and It’s For You, Dear on the smartphone business.

And for more stocks at high prices, The World’s Most Talked About Stocks or Earnings Don’t Matter – NASDAQ 100. And for more on what’s Working in AmericaBig OilShopping in America or Banking in America, to name just a few.


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