2. Entergy ( ETR), is an integrated energy company engaged in electric power production and retail distribution. The company's activities are divided into two main segments: utility and non-utility nuclear. Besides, it operates in the non-nuclear wholesale assets business. Entergy owns and operates power plants in the U.S. with about 30,000 megawatt of aggregate electric generating capacity.

The company has a dividend yield of 4.94%. For the first quarter of 2011, the company paid dividend of $148.7 million on its common stock versus $141.9 million in the year-ago quarter. Meanwhile, dividend on preferred stock remained constant at $5.01 million.

For the first quarter of 2011, net earnings improved 16.3% year-over-year to $248.7 million, or $1.38 per share. In the first quarter of 2010, earnings per share stood at $1.12. The company estimates its 2011 earnings per share to range from $6.35 to $6.85. On a longer-term basis, Entergy estimates utility net income to grow at 6% to 8% compound annual net income growth rate over the period 2010-2014.

Of the 19 analysts covering the stock, 26% recommend a buy, whereas 68% rate a hold. Analysts polled by Bloomberg expect the stock to gain an average 6.3% to $73.79 over the next 12 months.

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