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Motif of the Week: Time to Take Cover? Think Utilities

8 February 2016 in Motif of the Week

The rocky start for stocks in the new year has already shaken the confidence of many investors. The market is poised for its worst start since the middle of the financial crisis, volatility has spiked, oil is still in a slump and most on Wall Street think growth will be tepid this year at best.

That’s a big reason investors who are increasingly seeking safety, stable growth and solid dividends have been bidding up the stocks of utility companies — the best-performing sector in the S&P 500 last month as financials and energy stocks hit the skids. Even in uncertain economic times, consumers will keep paying for their phones, electricity – even cable television.

To help you capture this trend toward companies that might hold up in an uncertain environment, we’ve chosen Utility Bills as our Motif of the Week. Beginning today, through Friday, Feb. 12, you can trade this motif, commission-free.

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Philip Van Doorn, “Escape the stock market rout with these utility stocks,” marketwatch.com, Jan. 31, 2016, http://www.marketwatch.com/story/escape-the-stock-market-rout-with-these-utility-stocks-2016-01-20, (accessed Feb. 4, 2016).

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