Utility Stocks: Should You Plug In?

S&P has a neutral outlook on the subindustry, but likes a number of stocks in the group, including strong-buy-ranked Sempra Energy

The Standard & Poor's 1500 Multi-Utilities subindustry index is a recent addition to the High Momentum List (see below). Its trailing 12-month price performance is in the top 10% of all subindustries in the S&P Composite 1500 index (consisting of the S&P 500, MidCap 400, and SmallCap 600 indexes). Like most companies and subindustries in the equity market, this subindustry index has declined, falling 29.9% year to date through Oct. 24, 2008, vs. the 40.2% slump for the S&P 1500. Granted, it would be preferable to find a group that is posting positive results along with relative outperformance.

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