Despite the market turmoil, these global utility stocks are still trending higher and pay sizable dividends, making them much better alternatives to low-yielding Treasury bonds.
The stock market action on Monday and Tuesday suggests that a panic low may now be in place and that this week’s lows could hold for some time. Even if this is the case, some backing and filling with further wide swings is likely over the next few weeks.
In this environment, and with the prospects of low rates lasting until 2013, I continue to favor high-yielding utility and drug stocks. One of these global utility picks yields over 8%, but let’s first look at the recent market action.
The Fed’s statement on Tuesday’s afternoon added to what was already one of the all-time most volatile days in terms of swings in the S&P futures, as there were five 40-plus-point swings in just one day of trading.
The closing Advance/Decline (A/D) numbers were impressive with 3664 advances versus just 512 declining issues. This caused a sharp reversal in the McClellan Oscillators, which rose from very oversold levels at -440 to just -65.
The A/D lines have turned up but now need to start new uptrends to confirm a significant market low. The S&P 500 could rally further to the 1200-1220 area before we get a decent setback. The S&P futures were down 15 points in early trading Wednesday.
Chart Analysis: TransAlta (TAC) is a $4.6 billion, non-regulated Canadian utility company that has been based in Calgary, Alberta since 1911. It currently yields 5.9% and its short ratio of 23.4 makes it even more attractive. This ratio means that it will take 23.4 days of normal trading volume to cover the large short position in TAC.
TransCanada Corp (TRP) is also located in Calgary but is a much larger ($23.4 billion) gas utility company. The stock closed up 5.7% on Tuesday on volume that was more than four times the three-month average. It currently yields 4.5%.
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