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Utilities are known as defensive stocks that feature reliable dividend payouts but comparatively slow capital appreciation. But Emera Inc., which invests in electricity generation, transmission and distribution, gas transmission and utility energy services, has provided robust year-to-date returns of 22 per cent. It has outperformed the TSX by more than 10 per cent over the past year.

Will the stock continue to reward shareholders with strong capital appreciation as well as with the dividend payout, currently at 4.1 per cent? This StockReports+ report suggests there's a good chance.

StockReports+ gives each stock an average score that combines the quantitative analysis of six widely-used investment decision-making tools: earnings, fundamentals, relative valuation, risk, price momentum and insider trading. The average score for Emera has been 10 out of 10 since the end of September. That places it within a small group of 70 stocks awarded the highest score.

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