Is Xcel Energy Making Money?

Today’s utilities display more than a casual similarity to the old-time newspaper operators and phonebook companies. That is ignoring the competition, offering questionable customer service, and treating ratepayers like cattle. That alone should give long-term investors a pause, but value investors might note companies like Xcel should make money for investors for years – even if progress ultimately kills their business.

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Is Black Hills Corporation Making Money?

The dividend is troubling in itself because the company simply cannot afford it. The money would be better spent on expansion or better technology. Instead, it looks as if the company is trying to buy shareholders off with a high dividend.

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