Utilities

Further declines to $65 or even $60 look likely before the losses dry up.
The group's still selling at a premium to its historical valuation.
S&P has rallied but this indicator has barely moved.
You can find safer ways to get some yield.
Why Thursday's rally was better than Monday's.

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I prefer a bearishly biased, calendar diagonal call spread.
The company's stock price has indeed fallen, but it's the dividend that is compelling.
The stock shows a bearish divergence, which can at times foreshadow a correction.
But perhaps the economy is a bit like the Washington gridlock.
Investors are demanding "safe" low-beta stocks like utilities. But it's better to take profits now.

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