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15 Utility Stocks to Buy for Safety and Stability

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To say utility stocks are less than interesting would be an understatement. Utilities are downright boring, trading almost like bonds because of their (usually) steady dividends. Growth – at least in comparison to the potential of technology or consumer discretionary stocks – just isn’t in the cards for this group, even though the current presidential administration is as energy-production-friendly as any in recent history.

But for some investors, boring can be beautiful – particularly when the goal is sleeping well at night and driving a little income.

Here’s a closer look at 15 of the utility sector’s top prospects for long-term investors. Whether it's ever-growing payouts, diverse sources of revenue or a stronghold on their respective markets, there’s plenty to like about all of them.

SEE ALSO: The Kiplinger Dividend 15: Our Favorite Dividend-Paying Stocks

Data is as of Nov. 8, 2017. Stocks are listed in alphabetical order. Dividend yields are calculated by annualizing the most recent quarterly payout and dividing by the share price. Click on ticker-symbol links in each slide for current share prices and more.

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