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March 20, 2013
10:24 EDTPPL, EXC, PEG, NEE, ETRExelon, Entergy to benefit from delayed nuclear rule, says UBS
After the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, or NRC, elected to delay for one year a decision on whether to require some nuclear reactors to install filtered vents, UBS believes the decision benefits primarily Excelon (EXC) and secondarily Entergy (ETR). The firm thinks the NRC will adopt a more site specific design criteria, and that the rule will not be enforced until 2017, versus the previous outlook for a 2016 deadline. The firm keeps a Neutral rating on Excelon and a Sell rating on Entergy.
News For EXC;ETR;PEG;PPL;NEE From The Last 14 Days
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May 21, 2015
17:20 EDTPPLTalon Energy Corp. to replace Windstream in S&P 400 as of 6/1 close
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May 20, 2015
11:13 EDTPPLPPL Corp. Chairman says company poised for growth following spinoff
PPL Corporation Chairman William Spence said the company is well-positioned for continued growth and success following the planned June 1 spinoff of its competitive supply business. PPL expects to achieve compound annual earnings growth of 4%-6% percent through at least 2017. The company is set to complete the spinoff of its PPL Energy Supply business on June 1. That business will combine immediately upon spinoff with the competitive generation business of Riverstone Holdings LLC to form a new independent power producer named Talen Energy Corporation.
May 19, 2015
15:36 EDTEXCPepco takeover by Exelon approved by Delaware regulators, Bloomberg reports
Delaware's PSC voted 3-0 in favor of approving he takeover, Bloomberg reported, citing an email statement from a spokesman for the regulator.
08:10 EDTEXCHouse Energy & Commerce Committee to hold a hearing
The Energy & Power Subcommittee holds a hearing entitled, "Discussion Draft Addressing Energy Reliability and Security" with Director Bardee of FERC, President & CEO Fanning of Southern Company, Executive Vice President Dominguez of Exelon Corp., and Vice President Heitman of ABB, Inc. on May 19 at 10 am. Webcast Link
May 18, 2015
08:02 EDTEXCExelon, Pepco accept, pledge to fulfill conditions in merger order from MPSC
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May 15, 2015
14:46 EDTEXCExelon, Pepco say MPSC approval must be 'carefully' reviewed
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13:38 EDTEXCMaryland PSC conditionally approves Exelon, Pepco merger
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12:39 EDTNEEWells identifies NextEra, Sempra as among favorite utility names
Utilities as a group have dropped in recent months and there are several names in the sector that offer relative value and exposure to secular growth trends, Wells Fargo stated in a note to investors today. WHAT'S NEW: The utilities sector is trading at a forward multiple that is 93% of the S&P 500, versus the ten year average of 102%, according to Wells. Moreover, utilities are "slightly cheap" relative to interest rates, the firm thinks. NextEra Energy (NEE) and Sempra Energy (SRE) have the best growth opportunities in the utility space, according to Wells. They also have proven management teams and are well-positioned to exploit long-term trends, including renewable energy and energy infrastructure, the firm believes. ITC Holdings (ITC) has reached an attractive entry point and, to a degree, offers a near-term hedge against an interest rate increase, according to the firm. Edison International (EIX) and Xcel Energy (XEL) are underappreciated regulated utilities, added Wells. Edison trades in-line with its peers despite superior EPS growth potential and Xcel trades at a 3%-6% discount to the sector despite its at least in-line EPS growth and comparable regulatory risk, which might ease, the firm added. PRICE ACTION: In early afternoon trading, NextEra rose 0.5%, Sempra gained 0.6%, Edison added 0.6%, Xcel climbed 0.4% and ITC was little changed.
07:49 EDTNEEWells Fargo identifies favorite utility names
Wells Fargo says that NextEra Energy (NEE) and Sempra Energy (SRE) have the best growth opportunities in the utility space as well as proven management teams, and are well-positioned to exploit long-term trends. ITC Holdings (ITC) has reached an attractive entry point, and, to a degree, offers a near-term hedge against an interest rate increase, according to the firm. Edison International (EIX) and Xcel Energy (XEL) are underappreciated regulated utilities, added Wells.
May 11, 2015
15:52 EDTNEEHawaiian Electric to host special shareholder meeting
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May 10, 2015
12:54 EDTNEEDuke, Edison, other utilities could return 8% annually, Barron's says
Shares of Duke Energy (DUK), Southern Company (SO), Consolidated Edison (ED), Edison International (EIX), PG&E (PCG), American Electric (AEP), Dominion (D), and NextEra Energy (NEE) could return 8% or more annually in coming years, Barron's contends in a feature article. Though utilities are sometimes seen as no-growth businesses, Barron's argues that infrastructure replacement projects, rate hikes, and dividend boosts make the sector look attractive. Reference Link

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