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My Favorite Utility Stock to Buy Now

Dominion Resources spiked on huge volume following an approval from the DOE


Dominion Resources (D) — This stock was included on my list of the “Top 6 Stocks to Buy for September,” with it opening the month at $58.89. (See my analysis here.)

Following yesterday’s Daily Market Outlook, in which I suggested investors buy utilities, a number of readers asked me to name my favorite utility stock, and that is Dominion Resources.

On the opening Wednesday, the stock led the entire S&P 500, rising almost 6% on huge volume. It broke from a bullish triangle, with support at its 50-day moving average at $58, and gapped to an intraday high of $61.94. It closed up 2% on the day.

The reason for the jump was the approval from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) for natural gas exports to non-Free Trade Agreement countries. This approval allows Dominion to export 770 million cubic feet of natural gas a day for 20 years. No one has yet calculated the benefit in terms of earnings, but needless to say, this is a very big deal.

The stock should be bought for a combination of growth and income.

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