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:
Transportadora de Gas Del Sur
Brookfield Infrastructure Partners
Cia Energetica de Minas Gerais
|10||Constellation Energy Group||33.7%|
|12||American Water Works||32.8%|
|14||El Paso Electric||31.6%|
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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