Utilities Stock Analyst Sees Lucrative Investments in Philadelphia Area

Michael Gaugler of Janney Montgomery Scott believes that Philadelphia-area water and gas companies are a potentially lucrative investment. Image of a shale-gas drilling rig via Michael Bryant, Philadelphia Inquirer.

Michael Gaugler, the utilities stock analyst who recently rejoined financial planner Janney Montgomery Scott, believes that water and gas companies in the Philadelphia area are a potentially lucrative investment option, writes Joseph DiStefano for the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Gaugler predicts that despite the current low price of natural gas, the Marcellus Shale gas boom – combined with neighboring fuel and liquid resources – is a great investment opportunity. Also, utility-related companies that averaged 17 price-to-earnings ratio two years ago are reaching their premium-price levels as gas continues to displace other energy sources.

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Janney’s clients are obviously finding value in his analysis, as Gaugler’s Utilities & Infrastructure Weekly is now one of its most popular investment publications. While Gaugler does not advise a bullish approach to all 25 of the mostly small water, gas, and electric utilities and firms he covers, the ones in the Philadelphia area are his favorites.

He has also given buy recommendations for Berwyn’s Ametek and Bryn Mawr’s Aqua America, which he believes will profit from Pennsylvania Utility Commission’s approval of pending rate hikes for next year. King of Prussia’s UGI is also included after its backing of the PennEast pipeline project.

Read more about Michael Gaugler’s stock recommendations in the Philadelphia Inquirer by clicking here.

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