Action Alert – Buy Duke Energy

Posted by Jamie Switzer and Marc Latta of Raymond James

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From: Jamie Switzer []
Sent: Tuesday May 18, 2010 8:57:51 AM PDT
Subject: *** Portfolio Recommendation – Buy Duke Energy Corp

Action: Buy Duke Energy Corp (DUK-US)
Current Price: $17.00 USD
Dividend Yield: 5.62%

As we have mentioned numerous times of late, our focus in the short to medium term will be on defensive, high-yielding stocks that are “acting well” in the current environment. The opportunity to pick up a Citigroup in the US or Canadian bank will arise but we think the markets will continue to experience headwinds in the short term as this European crisis plays out. Talk of disbanding the Euro currency is the latest story making the rounds as some of the healthier nations search for ways to remove themselves from lesser-lights.

Duke Energy has performed remarkably well through a number of recent market conditions and has become the consummate “defensive play.” Duke provides electric and gas services to nearly 4 million homes throughout the US and prides itself on affordable, reliable, and clean products. It produces 35,000 megawatts of electric generating capacity in the Carolina’s and Midwest, and natural gas distribution services in Ohio and Kentucky. Duke has $57 billion USD in total assets, employs almost 19,000 people, and posted operating revenues of $12.7 billion in 2009.

Shares of Duke are attractive not only from a dividend and growth perspective, but also on valuation, with a forward looking p/e (price to earnings) ratio of only 13.25. We feel this is the ideal type of equity holding to add to our portfolios in this time of uncertainty and one that will “pay you while you wait” for a better investing environment.  

Please contact us by phone to discuss this recommendation and how it fits with your overall investment strategy.

Marc & Jamie

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JAMIE SWITZER | Raymond James Ltd.
Senior Vice President, Financial Advisor
North Vancouver IAS
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MARC LATTA | Raymond James Ltd.
Senior Vice President, Financial Advisor
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