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Centrais Ele. Brasileira S.A. Eletrobras (EBR): Today's Featured Utilities Winner

Centrais Ele. Brasileira S.A. Eletrobras (EBR) pushed the Utilities sector higher today making it today's featured utilities winner. The sector as a whole closed the day down 0.5%. By the end of trading, Centrais Ele. Brasileira S.A. Eletrobras rose 42 cents (4.3%) to $10.29 on average volume. Throughout the day, 1.1 million shares of Centrais Ele. Brasileira S.A. Eletrobras exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.1 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $9.64-$10.32 after having opened the day at $9.74 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $9.87. Other companies within the Utilities sector that increased today were: U.S. Geothermal Inc (HTM), up 11.6%, Centrais Ele. Brasileira S.A. Eletrobras (EBR.B), up 3.3%, AES Corporation (AES), up 2.9%, and GreenHunter Energy Inc (GRH), up 2.8%.

Centrais Eletricas Brasileiras S.A. Eletrobras, together with its subsidiaries, engages in the generation, transmission, and distribution of electric energy in Brazil. Centrais Ele. Brasileira S.A. Eletrobras has a market cap of $13.4 billion and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are down 28% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Centrais Ele. Brasileira S.A. Eletrobras as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and attractive valuation levels. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including unimpressive growth in net income, poor profit margins and a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself.

On the negative front, Dynegy Inc (DYN), down 11.5%, Beacon Power (BCON), down 8.1%, GenOn Energy Inc (GEN), down 4.7%, and Active Power Inc (ACPW), down 4%, were all losers within the utilities sector with Exelon (EXC) being today's utilities sector loser.

For investors not wanting singular stock exposure, ETFs may be of interest. Investors who are bullish on the utilities sector could consider Utilities Select Sector SPDR (XLU) while those bearish on the utilities sector could consider ProShares UltraShort Utilities (SDP).

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