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Utilities companies offer electric, gas and water utilities for individuals and businesses. Utilities are some of the most heavily regulated companies and operate in specific regional markets. These firms are generally long-established, stable entities with little opportunity for growth and, as a result, choose to pay out large percentages of their earnings via dividends.

If you’re looking to invest in dividend-paying utilities stocks, you may also be interested in dividend-paying utilities exchange-traded funds (ETFs). These funds offer a diversified dividend payment based on a basket of utilities stock holdings. ETFs trade on stock exchanges, similar to equities and they’re also similar to mutual funds in that they hold securities of many companies.

3 Reasons to Invest in dividend-paying Utilities ETFs:

  • Instead of putting all your eggs in one basket, you get a diversified dividend payment based on a basket of utilities stocks.
  • All ETFs have very low fees and can be traded just like stocks.
  • It’s easy to gain exposure to many dividend-paying utilities stocks with just one vehicle (ETF).

Whereas, if you’re interested in investing in individual utilities stocks, check out the tables below.

Utilities Breakdown by Industry

2.64%
Utilities Sector Dividend Yield*
*Calculated as the simple average of company dividend yields in this group
excluding inactive stocks
Industry Company Count Industry Dividend Yield
Diversified Utilities 34 3.76%
Electric Utilities 47 2.72%
Foreign Utilities 4 1.21%
Gas Utilities 33 3.50%
Water Utilities 11 2.09%

Top 100 Utilities Dividend Stocks

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Stock Symbol Company Name DARS™ Rating Dividend Yield Current Price Annual Dividend Ex-Div Date Pay Date
AEE Ameren Corp 3.53% $49.88 $1.76 12/05/16 12/30/16
AEP American Electric Power 3.92% $60.25 $2.36 11/08/16 12/09/16
AES The AES Corporation 3.79% $11.62 $0.44 10/28/16 11/15/16
ALE Allete, Inc. 3.29% $63.29 $2.08 11/10/16 12/01/16
AMID American Midstream Partners LP 9.68% $17.05 $1.65 11/01/16 11/14/16
ARTNA Artesian Resources 2.86% $31.95 $0.91 11/07/16 11/21/16
ATLS Atlas Energy L.P. 0.00% $0.68 $0.00 02/05/15 02/19/15
ATO Atmos Energy 2.49% $72.31 $1.80 11/23/16 12/12/16
AVA Avista Corp. 3.33% $41.17 $1.37 11/16/16 12/15/16
AWK American Water Works Company 2.06% $72.66 $1.50 11/07/16 12/01/16
AWR American States Water 2.13% $45.38 $0.97 11/10/16 12/01/16
BEP Brookfield Renewable Energy Partners LP Partnership Units (Bermuda) 6.04% $29.45 $1.78 11/28/16 12/31/16
BIP Brookfield Infrastructure Partners L.P. 4.81% $32.46 $1.56 11/28/16 12/30/16
BKH Black Hills Corp 2.84% $59.18 $1.68 11/15/16 12/01/16
CHG CH Energy Group 0.00% $64.99 $0.00 04/08/13 05/01/13
CMS CMS Energy 3.06% $40.57 $1.24 11/02/16 11/30/16
CNL Cleco CP 0.00% $55.36 $0.00 02/04/16 02/16/16
CNP CenterPoint Energy 4.28% $24.09 $1.03 11/14/16 12/09/16
CPK Chesapeake Utilities 1.89% $64.60 $1.22 12/13/16 01/05/17
CPL CPFL Energia S.A 1.50% $14.39 $0.22 05/02/16
CTWS Connecticut Water Services 2.01% $56.08 $1.13 11/29/16 12/15/16
CVA Covanta Holding Corporation 7.02% $14.25 $1.00 09/29/16 10/07/16
CWCO Consolidated Water 2.74% $10.95 $0.30 12/28/16 01/31/17
CWT California Water Services Group 2.00% $34.50 $0.69 11/03/16 11/18/16
D Dominion Resources 3.81% $73.50 $2.80 11/30/16 12/20/16
DGAS Delta Natural Gas 3.13% $26.53 $0.83 11/29/16 12/15/16
DTE DTE Energy 3.41% $96.90 $3.30 12/15/16 01/15/17
DUK Duke Energy 4.58% $74.67 $3.42 11/16/16 12/16/16
ED Consolidated Edison 3.81% $70.41 $2.68 11/14/16 12/15/16
EDE Empire District Electric 3.04% $34.18 $1.04 11/29/16 12/15/16
EE El Paso Electric Co. 2.69% $46.05 $1.24 12/12/16 12/30/16
EGN Energen Corp 0.00% $60.28 $0.00 11/10/15 12/01/15
EIX Edison International 2.76% $69.61 $1.92 09/28/16 10/31/16
EOC Empressa Nacional SA 0.61% $39.51 $0.24 01/20/16 01/29/16
EPB El Paso Partners Pipeline L.P. 0.00% $44.10 $0.00 10/29/14 11/14/14
EQT Equitable Resources 0.16% $73.33 $0.12 11/08/16 12/01/16
ETR Entergy Corp 4.94% $70.44 $3.48 11/08/16 12/01/16
EXC Exelon Corp 3.79% $33.53 $1.27 11/10/16 12/09/16
FE First Energy 4.79% $30.06 $1.44 11/03/16 12/01/16
GAS AGL Resources 3.21% $65.97 $2.12 05/11/16 06/01/16
GXP Great Plains Energy 4.07% $27.01 $1.10 11/25/16 12/20/16
HE Hawaiian Electric Industries 3.96% $31.31 $1.24 11/18/16 12/13/16
IDA Idacorp 2.82% $77.97 $2.20 11/03/16 11/30/16
ITC ITC Holdings 1.89% $45.50 $0.86 08/30/16 09/15/16
JE Just Energy Group, Inc. Ordinary Shares (Canada) 9.01% $5.55 $0.50 12/13/16 12/30/16
LG Laclede Group 0.00% $63.66 $0.00 03/09/16 04/04/16
LNT Alliant Energy 3.22% $36.47 $1.18 10/27/16 11/15/16
MGEE MGE Energy 2.00% $61.50 $1.23 11/29/16 12/15/16
MSEX Middlesex Water Co. 2.01% $42.12 $0.84 11/08/16 12/01/16
NEE NextEra Energy, Inc. 2.96% $117.68 $3.48 11/22/16 12/15/16
NFG National Fuel Gas Co. 2.82% $57.39 $1.62 09/28/16 10/14/16
NGG National Grid PLC 3.23% $57.73 $1.87 11/22/16 01/11/17
NI NiSource 3.06% $21.57 $0.66 10/27/16 11/18/16
NJR New Jersey Resources Corp. 2.92% $34.95 $1.02 12/13/16 01/03/17
NRG NRG Energy Inc. 1.00% $11.95 $0.12 10/28/16 11/15/16
NRGY Inergy L.P. 0.00% $13.52 $0.00 08/05/13 08/14/13
NU Northeast Utilities 0.00% $52.54 $0.00 02/26/15 03/31/15
NVE NV Energy 0.00% $23.74 $0.00 11/29/13 12/18/13
NWE NorthWestern Corp. 3.59% $55.70 $2.00 12/13/16 12/30/16
NWN Northwest Natural Gas 3.20% $58.75 $1.88 10/27/16 11/15/16
OGE OGE Energy 3.73% $32.41 $1.21 01/06/17 01/30/17
OKE ONEOK Inc. 4.31% $57.09 $2.46 10/27/16 11/14/16
OTTR Otter Tail Corp 3.18% $39.25 $1.25 11/10/16 12/10/16
PCG PG&E Corp 3.33% $58.80 $1.96 09/28/16 10/15/16
PEG Public Service Enterprise Group 3.94% $41.67 $1.64 12/07/16 12/30/16
PNG PAA Natural Gas Storage L P Com Unit Ltd Partnership Int 0.00% $23.00 $0.00 10/30/13 11/14/13
PNM PNM Resources 2.75% $32.05 $0.88 10/27/16 11/14/16
PNW Pinnacle West Capital 3.49% $75.11 $2.62 10/28/16 12/01/16
PNY Piedmont Natural Gas 2.27% $60.02 $1.36 09/21/16 10/14/16
POM Pepco Holdings 0.00% $26.93 $0.00 12/08/15 12/31/15
POR Portland General Electric 3.07% $41.75 $1.28 12/22/16 01/17/17
PPL PPL Corporation 4.59% $33.10 $1.52 12/07/16 01/03/17
RGCO RGC Resources, Inc. 3.54% $24.61 $0.87 01/12/17 02/01/17
SBS Companhia de Saneamento Basico do Estado de Sao Paulo-SABESP ADR (Sponsored) 0.00% $8.21 $0.00 04/08/14
SCG SCANA Corp. 3.16% $72.90 $2.30 12/08/16 01/01/17
SJI South Jersey Industries 3.25% $33.50 $1.09 12/07/16 12/29/16
SJW SJW Corp 1.46% $55.61 $0.81 11/03/16 12/01/16
SMLP Summit Midstream Partners LP 10.27% $22.40 $2.30 11/03/16 11/14/16
SO Southern Company 4.75% $47.15 $2.24 11/17/16 12/06/16
SPH Suburban Propane L.P. 11.88% $29.87 $3.55 10/28/16 11/08/16
SRE Sempra Energy 3.03% $99.52 $3.02 09/27/16 10/15/16
SWX Southwest Gas Corp. 2.41% $74.76 $1.80 02/13/17 03/01/17
SXE Southcross Energy Partners, L.P. 0.00% $1.46 $0.00 11/05/15 11/13/15
TAC Transalta Corp 2.15% $5.50 $0.12 11/29/16 01/01/17
TE TECO Energy, Inc. 0.00% $27.64 $0.00 08/11/16 08/26/16
TEG Integrys Energy Group 0.00% $69.66 $0.00 05/27/15 06/19/15
TRGP Targa Resources Inc 6.76% $53.82 $3.64 10/31/16 11/15/16
TRP TransCanada Corp 4.99% $45.31 $2.26 12/28/16 01/31/17
UGI UGI Corp 2.11% $44.95 $0.95 12/13/16 01/01/17
UIL UIL Holdings 0.00% $50.10 $0.00 12/10/15 01/04/16
UNS Unisource Energy 0.00% $60.59 $0.00 09/03/14 09/25/14
UTL Unitil Corp 3.22% $44.16 $1.42 11/09/16 11/28/16
VVC Vectren Corporation 3.30% $50.86 $1.68 11/10/16 12/01/16
WEC Wisconsin Energy 3.69% $56.31 $2.08 02/10/17 03/01/17
WGL WGL Holdings 2.58% $75.45 $1.95 01/06/17 02/01/17
WGP Western Gas Equity Partners LP 4.34% $41.21 $1.79 10/27/16 11/22/16
WR Westar Energy 2.67% $56.98 $1.52 12/07/16 01/03/17
WTR Aqua America Inc. 2.56% $29.86 $0.77 11/14/16 12/01/16
XEL Xcel Energy 3.46% $39.35 $1.36 06/14/16 07/20/16
YORW York Water 1.71% $37.45 $0.64 12/28/16 01/17/17

* Stock Price shown is previous day’s closing price.

** Dividend yield is calculated from Dividend Payout and previous day’s closing price.

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