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Best Performing Diversified Utilities Stocks of 2021

Updated Apr 1, 2021
Utilities include electricity, power, water, oil, gas, and other public utilities services. Diversified Utilities companies are those large-sized businesses which offer more than one form of utilities, as compared to small companies who may have specialization in offering only one type of utility. Investing in such Diversified Utilities stocks offers a good level of diversification in the utilities sector. However, one must also note that such Diversified Utilities businesses may see profits in one offering which may be nullified by the losses in others. Hence, care should be taken by investors to study the operating model and such impacts of Diversified Utilities companies.
Among the big list of Diversified Utilities stocks, which ones generated the top returns this year? Which of those figured among the winners in the long list of Diversified Utilities stocks?
This article provides a list of Diversified Utilities stocks which have generated the highest returns in the year 2021 so far. till date of writing. The list is prepared based on the percentage returns generated by the individual Diversified Utilities stocks between the end of the previous year and Apr 1, 2021, and the top 10 return generating Diversified Utilities stocks are listed below.

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Top Performing Diversified Utilities Stocks

Top Diversified Utilities Stocks With Highest Returns

The following list presents stocks of the companies which belong to the broader Diversified Utilities sector or the stock market index, their corresponding prices as of given date, and the percentage gains realized:
 1) Avista Corporation (AVA) 2) AES Corp (AES) 3) FirstEnergy Corp (FE) 4) NorthWestern Corporation (NWE) 5) Cosan Limited (CZZ)
 6) Brookfield Infrastructure Partners LP (BIP) 7) Otter Tail Corporation (OTTR) 8) Black Hills Corporation (BKH) 9) UNITIL Corporation (UTL) 10) Exelon Corp. (EXC)

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Top Performing Diversified Utilities Stocks

Performance of Top Diversified Utilities Stocks

Here's a look at the basic details and how the above mentioned stocks fared during the period:

Avista

Avista Corporation, incorporated on March 15, 1889, is an electric and natural gas utility company. The Company operates through two segments: Avista Utilities, and Alaska Electric Light and Power Company ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of Avista.
The Washington, WA-headquartered company Avista Corporation (AVA) is ranked number one among the best performing stocks of Diversified Utilities of 2021. The Public Utilities sector business falls under the Power Generation industrial sub-sector. Since the start of the year 2021, the stock price of Avista has changed by 18.16 percent, which is calculated based on the previous year's closing price of $40.14 per share and year-to-date closing price of $47.43 per share as of writing. The market value of the company as indicated by its market-cap changed from $2.76 billion to $3.29 billion during the same period. Along with Diversified Utilities, the company is also in the business of Public Utilities, Power Generation, Utilities, Wilshire 5000, Russell 2000, among other usual products and services. Avista continues to be a leading constituent of many major stock market indexes like Wilshire 5000 index, Russell 2000 index, and a few other larger indexes which are part of the stock market.

AES Corp

The AES Corporation, incorporated on January 28, 1981, is a holding company. The Company, through its subsidiaries and affiliates, operates a diversified portfolio of electricity generation and distribution businesses. The ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of AES Corp.
During the given months of the year 2021, AES Corp (AES) was successful in generating YTD returns of 15.19 percentage which helped it gain the number two spot in the list of the top performing stocks which generated maximum returns during year 2021 till date. As of December of the previous year, the stock of the Arlington, Virginia-based AES Corp closed at a price of $23.5 per share, while it traded at a price of $27.07 per share as of Apr 1, 2021. The company's market cap changed from $15.63 billion to $18.09 billion during the same period YTD. It ranks as a key constituent of major indexes that include Wilshire 5000 index, S&P 500 index, and several other broader level multi-cap market indicators. The company is classified under the Basic Industries industry sector and further specialized as a Electric Utilities sector business.

FirstEnergy

FirstEnergy Corp., incorporated on September 17, 1996, is a holding company. The Company is engaged in holding, directly or indirectly, all of the outstanding equity of its principal subsidiaries, which ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of FirstEnergy.
The Akron, Ohio-based FirstEnergy Corp (FE) belongs to the Public Utilities sector and is categorized as a Electric Utilities company. The stock of FirstEnergy ended the previous year at a price of $30.61 per share. As of Apr 1, 2021, the stock price has reached $34.31 apiece, which indicates a change of 12.09 percent making the company rank among the top performing stocks of the Diversified Utilities for the year 2021 till date. At the end of the last year, company's market capitalization stood at $16.61 billion. It has now changed to $18.67 billion as of writing. FirstEnergy continues to be a leading constituent of many major stock market indexes like Wilshire 5000 index, S&P 500 index, and several other broader level multi-cap market indicators.

NorthWestern

NorthWestern Corporation, doing business as North-Western Energy, incorporated on November 27, 1923, provides electricity and natural gas. The Companys segments are Electric operations, Natural gas operations and All other. As ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of NorthWestern.
Rank number four in the coveted list is held by NorthWestern Corporation (NWE) for being among the top performing stocks of 2021. Headquartered in South Dakota, SD, the Public Utilities sector company is categorized under the industrial sub-sector of Power Generation. Since the start of the year 2021, stock of NorthWestern has so far gained 11.13 percentage, based on the previous year's closing price of $58.31 per share and year-to-date price of $64.8 per share. During the same period, the market capitalization of the company changed from $2.95 billion to $3.28 billion. The stock of NorthWestern continues to be a major constituent of many leading stock indexes which include Wilshire 5000 index, Russell 2000 index, and several other broader level multi-cap market indicators.

Cosan

Cosan Limited (Cosan), incorporated on April 30, 2007, is a holding company. The Companys segments include Raizen Energia, Raizen Combustiveis, COMGAS, Cosan Logistica, Lubricants and Other business. The Companys other ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of Cosan.
At number five in the list of top stocks stands Cosan Limited (CZZ), which saw a change in its stock price from the level of $18.43 apiece during previous year December end to the price of $20.29 per share as of Apr 1, 2021. It translates to a change of 10.09 percentage. The Brazil-headquartered Consumer Non-Durables sector company also saw its market value change from $4.12 billion to $4.53 billion.

Brookfield Infrastructure Partners LP

Brookfield Infrastructure Partners L.P., incorporated on May 29, 2007, owns and operates utilities, transport, energy and communications infrastructure businesses in North and South America, Europe and Asia Pacific. The Companys ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of Brookfield Infrastructure Partners LP.
Based on the market-cap change from $14.5 billion to $16.03 billion during the given months of the year 2021 and the share price change from $49.4 per share to a price of $54.36 per share as of Apr 1, 2021, Brookfield Infrastructure Partners LP (BIP) was successful in generating YTD returns of 10.04 percentage. Standing at the number six rank in the top performing list of Diversified Utilities stocks, the Bermuda-based Brookfield Infrastructure Partners LP is categorized as the Marine Transportation sub-sector business which falls under the larger Consumer Services sector.

Otter Tail

Otter Tail Corporation, incorporated on June 17, 2009, is a holding company. The Company operates through three segments: Electric, Manufacturing and Plastics. The Company and its subsidiaries conduct business primarily ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of Otter Tail.
Otter Tail Corporation (OTTR) has moved by 9.15 percentage over the given period of 2021-YTD, helping it gain a place at number seven among the top performing stocks. The Public Utilities sector company managed to achieve the feat as its stock price changed from $42.61 apiece to the price of $46.51 per share between the end of December of the previous year and Apr 1, 2021. The smart run of the Minnesota, MN-based Electric Utilities sector company lead to a handsome gain in its marketcap which changed from $1.75 billion to $1.93 billion over the same duration. Otter Tail is a key member of many popular stock market indexes. They include Wilshire 5000 index, Russell 2000 index, and several other broader level multi-cap market indicators.

Black Hills

Black Hills Corporation, incorporated on April 28, 2000, is a holding company. The Company is an integrated energy company, which is focused primarily on regulated utilities. The Company operates through ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of Black Hills.
The number eight spot in the list of top performing stocks of the Diversified Utilities sector is taken by Black Hills Corporation (BKH). The company's stock price changed from $61.45 per share at the end of December of the previous year to the price of $66.7 per share as of writing. Overall, the stock managed to realized price change of 8.54 percent during the given time period. The corresponding change in the market capitalization value of the South Dakota, SD-based Public Utilities sector company was from $3.86 billion to $4.19 billion. Being ranked in the top 10 best performing stocks of the Diversified Utilities sector, the company also succeeded in outperforming the returns generated by some of the popular stock market indexes. They include the Wilshire 5000 index, Russell 2000 index, and a handful of other multi-capitalization indexes.

UNITIL

Unitil Corporation (Unitil), incorporated on September 7, 1984, is a public utility holding company. The Companys principal business is the local distribution of electricity in the southeastern seacoast and state ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of UNITIL.
UNITIL (UTL) generated percentage returns of 4.99 percent during the 2021 year-to-date. Its returns are based on the share price which moved from $44.27 per share from the previous year-end to the price of $46.48 per share as of Apr 1, 2021. The company's value, as indicated by the market-cap figure, changed from $664.36 million to $698.92 million during the same period.
The company is categorized as a Public Utilities speciality business with further classification in the Power Generation sub-category. Based in New Hampshire, NH, the YTD performance of the Diversified Utilities sector also fared better than that of the returns generated by some of the closley tracked stock market indexes. The company is a part of Wilshire 5000 index, Russell 2000 index, and a few other wider multi-cap stock market indexes.

Exelon

Exelon Corporation, incorporated on February 4, 1999, is a utility services holding company. The Company, through its subsidiary, Exelon Generation Company, LLC (Generation), is engaged in the energy generation business. ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of Exelon.
The Chicago, Illinois-based Public Utilities sector company Exelon Corp. (EXC) holds the number ten spot among the best performing stocks of the Diversified Utilities sector. Classified as the Power Generation business, the stock price of Exelon ended the previous year at a price of $42.22 per share while it reached the level of $43.91 apiece as of Apr 1, 2021 translating to a percentage change in stock price of 4%. As of writing, the company's market-cap value stands at $42.89 billion. Few leading stock market index includes Exelon in their constituent list. They include NASDAQ 100 index, Wilshire 5000 index, S&P 500 index, and a few other larger indexes which are part of the stock market.
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