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Alliant Energy Corporation

(

LNT

) pushed the Utilities sector higher today making it today's featured utilities winner. The sector as a whole closed the day down 0.9%. By the end of trading, Alliant Energy Corporation rose $0.80 (1.5%) to $55.67 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 1,184,174 shares of Alliant Energy Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 476,800 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $55.20-$56.05 after having opened the day at $55.20 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $54.87. Another company within the Utilities sector that increased today was

Brookfield Renewable Energy Partners

(

BEP

), up 2.0%.

Alliant Energy Corporation, a utility holding company, provides regulated electricity and natural gas services to residential, commercial, and industrial customers in the Midwest region of the United States. Alliant Energy Corporation has a market cap of $6.0 billion and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are up 6.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate Alliant Energy Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Alliant Energy Corporation

as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, reasonable valuation levels, notable return on equity and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

On the negative front,

Fuelcell Energy

(

FCEL

), down 17.5%,

Ocean Power Technologies

(

OPTT

), down 8.9%,

Pure Cycle Corporation

(

PCYO

), down 5.2% and

Atlantic Power Corporation

(

AT

), down 4.0% , were all laggards within the utilities sector with

Praxair

(

PX

) being today's utilities sector laggard.

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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