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10 Utility Stocks With Upside

3. GenOn Energy (GEN - Get Report) generates and wholesales electricity to investor-owned utilities, municipalities and cooperatives.

Analysts polled by Bloomberg expect the company to report loss of 5 cents per share for 2010 fourth quarter, compared to a loss of 71 cents per share in the year-ago period. For the full year, analysts foresee the company reporting earnings per share of 66 cents for 2010, a significant turnaround from a loss of $1.36 per share reported for 2009.

The stock has a 21% upside over the next 12 months with a consensus target price of $5.1, according to analysts polled by Bloomberg, whereas ALLETE (ALE), ITC Holdings (ITC), Integrys Energy Group (TEG), Calpine (CPN), and CenterPoint Energy (CNP) are likely to return around 4%, 10%, -5%, 9% and 5%, respectively.

Of the 18 analysts covering the stock, 7 recommend buying and 11 suggest holding.

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