American Water Works

(

AWK

) pushed the Utilities sector lower today making it today's featured Utilities loser. The sector as a whole was unchanged today. By the end of trading, American Water Works fell 18 cents (-0.5%) to $34.06 on light volume. Throughout the day, 374,973 shares of American Water Works exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 864,100 shares. The stock ranged in price between $34.03-$34.24 after having opened the day at $34.22 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $34.24. Other company's within the Utilities sector that declined today were:

Dynegy

(

DYN

), down 5.1%,

Clean Energy Fuels Corporation

(

CLNE

), down 3.8%,

China Hydroelectric Corporation

(

CHC

), down 3.8%, and

Ellomay Capital

(

ELLO

), down 3.4%.

American Water Works Company, Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides water and wastewater services to residential, commercial, industrial, public, and other customers in the United States and Canada. American Water Works has a market cap of $5.9 billion and is part of the

utilities

industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 18.8, below the average utilities industry P/E ratio of 19.2 and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 7.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 11 analysts that rate American Water Works a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and two rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates American Water Works as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its impressive record of earnings per share growth, revenue growth, expanding profit margins, solid stock price performance and notable return on equity. 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,

GreenHunter Energy

(

GRH

), up 3.7%,

Centrais Eletricas Brasileiras

(

EBR.B

), up 3.3%,

Transportadora de Gas del Sur

(

TGS

), up 2.9%, and

El Paso Electric Company

(

EE

), up 2.4%, were all gainers within the utilities sector with

AES

(

AES

) 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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