Utilities to protect from virus volatility

These three companies are a source of stability in uncertain times

Vikram Barhat 5 February, 2020 | 1:26AM

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The outbreak of the coronavirus has spooked industries and investors across the globe as the total number of coronavirus cases in China has now officially surpassed the total number of worldwide cases of the deadly SARS virus. The perception of risk has forced sweeping cancellations including many flights to China,  the Beijing Winter Olympics 2022 test event, and a shutdown of Apple and Starbucks stores in China as a preventive measure.

Leading U.S. companies already warning about the potential fallout of the China virus on earnings calls are keeping stock markets on edge. As investors grapple with the negative news loop and stock market losses, this may be a good time to bring relatively unglamorous but stable utility stocks to the front of the screen.

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Securities Mentioned in Article

Security NamePriceChange (%)Morningstar Rating
Ameren Corp84.82 USD-0.61
American Water Works Co Inc136.53 USD-0.90
Dominion Energy Inc89.80 USD0.47

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Vikram Barhat

Vikram Barhat  Vikram Barhat is a Toronto-based financial writer specializing in investing, stock markets, personal finance and other areas of the financial services industry. He also writes for CNBC, BBC, The Globe and Mail, and Toronto Star.