AEP, Duke Energy, and Other Utility Stocks to Weather a Recession

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Utilities have been one of the top-performing sectors in the

S&P 500

during a difficult stretch for stocks overall, returning nearly 5% over the 12-month period ended Jan. 6., including dividends.

It might not sound like much, but it is a lot better than most of the other S&P sectors. The S&P 500 itself is off by about 16% over that time.