The Top 15 Utilities Stocks of 2011

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It's been a pretty rough year for stock investors, with the S&P basically ending flat in 2011. While the general market went nowhere last year, quite a few stocks poured in monster performances.

Utilities in general rose this past year, driven by stable businesses and strong dividends.

Here's a list of this year's top 15 performers in the utilities industry:

 

Company

YTD Return

1Transportadora de Gas Del Sur (NYS: TGS)  78.5%
2ONEOK (NYS: OKE)  61.3%
3PNM Resources 45.3%
4NiSource (NYS: NI)  40.5%
5Brookfield Infrastructure Partners (NYS: BIP)  39.7%
6Cia Energetica de Minas Gerais (NYS: CIG)  38.1%
7CPFL Energia (NYS: CPL)  36.5%
8Progress Energy 36.3%
9CenterPoint Energy 34.9%
10Constellation Energy Group 33.7%
11NorthWestern 32.8%
12American Water Works 32.8%
13Consolidated Edison (NYS: ED)  31.8%
14El Paso Electric 31.6%
15Dominion Resources 30.3%

Source: S&P Capital IQ. Only includes companies listed on U.S. exchanges with a market capitalization greater than $500 million.

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