American Electric Power

(

AEP

) pushed the Utilities sector lower today making it today's featured Utilities loser. The sector as a whole closed the day down 0.5%. By the end of trading, American Electric Power fell 28 cents (-0.7%) to $37.78 on light volume. Throughout the day, 2.8 million shares of American Electric Power exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.3 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $37.67-$38.22 after having opened the day at $37.96 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $38.06. Other company's within the Utilities sector that declined today were:

Just Energy Group

(

JE

), down 4.9%,

China Hydroelectric Corporation

(

CHC

), down 4.2%,

Suburban Propane Partners

(

SPH

), down 4.2%, and

Calpine

(

CPN

), down 3.1%.

American Electric Power Company, Inc., a public utility holding company, engages in the generation, transmission, and distribution of electric power to retail customers. It generates electricity using coal and lignite, natural gas, nuclear energy, and hydroelectric energy. American Electric Power has a market cap of $18.32 billion and is part of the

utilities

industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 11.4, above the average utilities industry P/E ratio of 9.3 and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 7.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are seven analysts that rate American Electric Power a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 10 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates American Electric Power as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in net income, attractive valuation levels, good cash flow from operations, notable return on equity and growth in earnings per share. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally poor debt management on most measures that we evaluated.

On the positive front,

Distribution and Marketing Company of the N

(

EDN

), up 10.6%,

Active Power

(

ACPW

), up 5.5%,

American DG Energy

(

ADGE

), up 4.2%, and

Dynegy

(

DYN

), up 3.7%, were all gainers within the utilities sector with

Clean Energy Fuels Corporation

(

CLNE

) being today's featured utilities sector winner.

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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