5 Best Electric Utility Stocks To Buy Right Now

With shares of Yum! Brands (NYSE:YUM) trading around $68, is YUM an OUTPERFORM, WAIT AND SEE or STAY AWAY? Let’s analyze the stock with the relevant sections of our CHEAT SHEET investing framework:

T = Trends for a Stock’s Movement

Yum! Brands is a quick service restaurant company based on number of system units, with approximately 37,000 units in more than 120 countries and territories. The company — through its three main restaurants of KFC, Pizza Hut, and Taco Bell — develops, operates, franchises, and licenses a worldwide system of restaurants. These popular food chains prepare, package, and sell a menu of priced food items. Convenience and tasteful foods continue to rise in popularity worldwide, which allows Yum! Brands to be able to provide the food items demanded by consumers worldwide. Through its segments, Yum! Brands will continue to supply its world audience with quick and tasty items for many years.

T = Technicals on the Stock Chart are Mixed

5 Best Electric Utility Stocks To Buy Right Now: Sector Spdr Trust Sbi (XLI)

Industrial Select Sector SPDR Fund (the Fund) seeks to provide investment results that correspond to the price and yield performance of the Industrial Select Sector of the S&P 500 Index (the Index). The Index includes companies from industries, such as aerospace and defense, building products, construction and engineering, electrical equipment, conglomerates, machinery, commercial services and supplies.

The Fund utilizes a passive or indexing investment approach to invest in a portfolio of stocks that seek to replicate the Index. The Fund’s investment advisor is SSgA Funds Management, Inc.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    The Consumer Discretionary Select Sector SPDR (XLY) has dropped 1.1% to $60.39, while the Financial Select Sector SPDR(XLF) is off 0.9% at $20.23.  Hardest hit is the Utilities Select Sector SPDR (XLU), which has dropped 1.6% to $37.32, while the Industrial Select Sector SPDR ETF (XLI) has fallen 1% to $46.49. The Technology Select Sector SPDR (XLK) is the top performer: It’s down 0.5% at $32.39.

  • [By Selena Maranjian]

    Exchange-traded funds offer a convenient way to invest in sectors or niches that interest you. If you’d like to add some industrial stocks to your portfolio, the Industrial Select Sector SPDR ETF (NYSEMKT: XLI  ) could save you a lot of trouble. Instead of trying to figure out which companies will perform best, you can use this ETF to invest in lots of them simultaneously.

    The basics
    ETFs often sport lower expense ratios than their mutual fund cousins. The SPDR ETF’s expense ratio — its annual fee — is a very low 0.18%, and it recently yielded about 2%.

    This ETF has performed well, outstripping the world market over the past three, five, and 10 years. As with most investments, of course, we can’t expect outstanding performances in every quarter or year. Investors with conviction need to wait for their holdings to deliver.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    The selling today has being driven by the industrial sector–the Industrial Select Sector SPDR (XLI) has dropped 1.5% to $45.79–and defense stocks are getting hammered. Textron (TXT) has fallen 3% to $26.82, while Northrop Grumman (NOC) has declined 2.5% to $92.82. Not a surprise as reports of government contracts being held up and orders delayed make the rounds.

5 Best Electric Utility Stocks To Buy Right Now: Piedmont Natural Gas Company Inc.(PNY)

Piedmont Natural Gas Company, Inc., an energy services company, engages in the distribution of natural gas to residential, commercial, industrial, and power generation customers in portions of North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee. It also operates energy-related businesses, including unregulated retail natural gas marketing, regulated interstate natural gas storage, and intrastate natural gas transportation. The company serves approximately 1 million customers, including 51,800 customers served by municipalities. Piedmont Natural Gas Company, Inc. was founded in 1949 and is headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By David Dittman]

    Question: What about Piedmont Natural Gas Co Inc (NYSE: PNY)?

    Answer: Piedmont Natural Gas posted great fiscal 2014 first-quarter numbers, including a 6.8 percent improvement in earnings per share and a 3.2 percent dividend increase. The dividend increase earned it a buy-under target increase to 35.

  • [By Marc Bastow]

    Natural gas and energy services provider Piedmont Natural Gas (PNY) raised its quarterly dividend 3.2% to 32 cents per share, payable April 15 to shareholders of record as of March 25. At more than a 3.75% yield, PNY is the highest yielder on this week’s list of dividend stocks.
    PNY Dividend Yield: 3.76%

5 Best Electric Utility Stocks To Buy Right Now: Puma Exploration Inc (PUM)

Puma Exploration Inc. is a mineral exploration company. The Company is engaged in the acquisition and exploration of mining properties with the potential to host base-metal deposits. It is active in Canada and has a portfolio of mining properties. The Company’s properties include Nicholas-Denys, Ann’s Creek property, Turgeon property, Little Stull Lake Property and Ste-Marguerite Property. Its Nicholas-Denys area consists of 239 contiguous claims with a total surface area of 51.94 square kilometers and is 100% owned by the Company. The Company holds 100% mineral rights in Ann’s Creek area, which consists of 117 claims with a total area of 25.44 square kilometers. It holds 71% of the Little Stull Lake property located in the Stull Lake-Edmund Lake volcano-sedimentary belt of the Superior to Manitoba geologic province. The Ste-Marguerite property is located in the Vallee de la Matapedia, in Quebec. Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jonathan Morgan]

    HeidelbergCement AG (HEI) added 3.2 percent after JPMorgan Chase & Co. upgraded the shares. Puma SE (PUM) slipped 1.6 percent after Europe’s second-largest sporting-goods maker reported earnings before interest and taxes for the second quarter that missed analysts’ estimates.

5 Best Electric Utility Stocks To Buy Right Now: The Cushing MLP Total Return Fund(SRV)

Cushing MLP Total Return Fund is a closed-end mutual fund launched by Swank Capital, LLC. The fund is managed by Swank Energy Income Advisors L.P. It invests in the public equity and fixed income markets across the globe with a focus in United States. The fund typically invests in MLPs, Other Natural Resource Companies, and global commodities. It primarily invests in the securities of MLPs, other equity securities, debt securities, and securities of non-U.S. issuers employing a fundamental analysis. Cushing MLP Total Return Fund was formed on May 23, 2007 and is domiciled in Dallas.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Robert Rapier]

    As I write this, Tortoise Pipeline and Energy (NYSE: TTP) trades at a discount of 15.1 percent to its underlying assets, while at the other end of the spectrum Cushing MLP Total Return Fund (NYSE: SRV) trades at a 17.4 percent premium. The average MLP closed-end fund listed trades at a 4.9 percent discount, which is perhaps reasonable given the loss of certain tax advantages and the fact that management fees will eat into returns.

  • [By Robert Rapier]

    As I write this, Tortoise Pipeline and Energy (NYSE: TTP) trades at a discount of 15.1 percent to its underlying assets, while at the other end of the spectrum Cushing MLP Total Return Fund (NYSE: SRV) trades at a 17.4 percent premium. The average MLP closed-end fund listed trades at a 4.9 percent discount, which is perhaps reasonable given the loss of certain tax advantages and the fact that management fees will eat into returns.

5 Best Electric Utility Stocks To Buy Right Now: Cleveland BioLabs Inc.(CBLI)

Cleveland BioLabs, Inc., a biotechnology company, engages in the discovery, development, and commercialization of products for cancer treatment, and protection of normal tissues from radiation and other acute stresses. Its products include Protectan CBLB502, a radioprotectant molecule with multiple medical and defense applications for reducing injury from acute stresses, such as radiation and chemotherapy by mobilizing various natural cell protecting mechanisms, including inhibition of apoptosis, reduction of oxidative damage, and induction of factors that induce protection and regeneration of stem cells in bone marrow and the intestines; Protectan CBLB612, a modified lipopeptide mycoplasma that acts as a stimulator and mobilizer of hematopoietic stem cells to peripheral blood, providing hematopoietic recovery during chemotherapy and during donor preparation for bone marrow transplantation; and Curaxins, which are small molecules intended to destroy tumor cells by simultan eously targeting two regulators of apoptosis. The company has a strategic research partnership with Roswell Park Cancer Institute to develop its anticancer and radioprotectant drug candidates; a strategic partnership with ChemBridge Corporation to access a chemical library of 214,000 compounds; and a strategic alliance with The Cleveland Clinic Foundation (CCF). It also has a cooperative research and development agreement with the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences; the Henry M. Jackson Foundation for the Advancement of Military Medicine, Inc.; and CCF to evaluate its radioprotective drug candidates and their effects on intracellular and extracellular signaling pathways. The company was founded in 2003 and is headquartered in Buffalo, New York.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Cleveland BioLabs (NASDAQ: CBLI) shares tumbled 34.67% to touch a new 52-week low of $0.74 as the company reported that BARDA has terminated negotiations related to its proposal for further development of Entolimod.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Cleveland BioLabs (NASDAQ: CBLI) plummeted 32.65% to $0.7610 as the company reported that BARDA has terminated negotiations related to its proposal for further development of Entolimod.