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Duke Energy Corp. Earnings: Up and Down For This Dividend Stock

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Duke Energy is, first and foremost, a dividend stock. That means investors expect Duke to steadily increase its share price while dishing out delectable quarterly payouts. On this front, Duke Energy continued to excel for income investors over the past quarter. Even through the worst of the financial crisis, as it and every other energy stock took a major hit, the corporation delivered on dividend growth. With a current 4.1% yield, it offers dividend stock investors more than Dominion Resources ' 3.6% and Exelon Corp. 's 3.7% when it comes to cash in hand.

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Did Duke deliver?

For dividend stock investors, Duke remains a steady investment option. Regulated utilities are its bread and butter, and the sale of its Midwest Generation unit knocks another volatile line item off this business's books. But Duke can do more. It needs to seal the deal on environmental damages and determine a better strategy for its often-floundering international operations, all the while keeping income investors happy with a decent dividend. Duke Energy is a solid dividend stock, but investors will need to keep a close watch on whether 2015 is a true turning point to turn this dividend stock from good to great.

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