There comes a time when it is important to step back and take a deeper look at the fundamentals of a company or industry rather than just bask in the glow of its historical stock performance.  For Utilities, now is that time.  With the XLU nearing all time highs, holding near a 4% dividend yield, it would probably come as a surprise that utilities, as a whole, do not generate free cash flow, leaving many of them unable to support their dividends through their ongoing operations and increasing the risk they fall into a debt trap.

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