COVID-19 boosts the appeal of Utilities ETFs

Central banks are keeping interest rates down in order to counter the negative effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. (The Supplement on page 69 offers you more info on how high deficits and low interest rates in the wake of the coronavirus will affect governments going… Read More

Better networks help investors

VERIZON COMMUNICATIONS INC. $50 remains a buy. The company (New York symbol VZ; Income-Growth Dividend Portfolio, Utilities sector, Shares o/s: 4.1 billion; Market cap: $205.0 billion; Dividend yield: 4.9%; Dividend Sustainability Rating: Highest; www.verizon.com) raised the dividend for its investors by 2.1% with the November 2019 payment. The new… Read More

Brookfield rewards you in 2 ways

BROOKFIELD RENEWABLE PARTNERS L.P. $70 is a buy. Through units in the partnership (Toronto symbol BEP.UN; High-Growth Dividend Payer Portfolio, Utilities sector; Units outstanding: 308.6 million; Market cap: $21.6 billion; Dividend yield: 4.1%; Dividend Sustainability Rating: Above Average; www.bep.brookfield.com) you gain a stake in 219 hydroelectric generating stations, 108… Read More

Dividend hikes are only part of their appeal

IMPERIAL OIL LTD. $33.93 (Toronto symbol IMO; Shares outstanding: 764.2 million; Market cap: $26.3 billion; TSINetwork Rating: Average; Dividend yield: 2.6%; www.imperialoil.ca) is Canada’s third-largest publicly traded oil company, after Suncor (No. 1) and Canadian Natural Resources. U.S.-based ExxonMobil (New York symbol XOM) owns 69.6%… Read More

These renewables are expanding worldwide

INNERGEX RENEWABLE ENERGY $15.27 (Toronto symbol INE; Shares outstanding: 133.6 million; Market cap: $2.0 billion; TSINetwork Rating: Extra Risk; Dividend yield 4.6%; www.innergex.com) operates 37 hydroelectric plants, 25 wind farms and four solar power fields. Those operations are spread across the provinces of Quebec, Ontario and B.C.,… Read More

These two renewables deliver high yields

BROOKFIELD RENEWABLE PARTNERS L.P. $44.13 (Toronto symbol BEP.UN; Units outstanding: 296.3 million; Market cap: $13.1 billion; TSINetwork Rating: Extra Risk; Dividend yield: 6.3%; www.brookfieldrenewable.com) has interests in 219 hydroelectric generating stations, 106 wind farms and 545 solar-power facilities. In all, it operates over 17,400 megawatts of generating… Read More

These two renewables deliver high yields

BROOKFIELD RENEWABLE PARTNERS L.P. $44.13 (Toronto symbol BEP.UN; Units outstanding: 296.3 million; Market cap: $13.1 billion; TSINetwork Rating: Extra Risk; Dividend yield: 6.3%; www.brookfieldrenewable.com) has interests in 219 hydroelectric generating stations, 106 wind farms and 545 solar-power facilities. In all, it operates over 17,400 megawatts of generating… Read More