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Calpine

(

CPN

) pushed the Utilities sector higher today making it today's featured utilities winner. The sector as a whole closed the day up 0.3%. By the end of trading, Calpine rose $0.26 (1.4%) to $19.40 on light volume. Throughout the day, 1,605,739 shares of Calpine exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3,134,300 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $19.03-$19.42 after having opened the day at $19.16 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $19.14. Other companies within the Utilities sector that increased today were:

PAA Natural Gas Storage L.P

(

PNG

), up 7.3%,

Centrais Eletricas Brasileiras

(

EBR.B

), up 4.5%,

Niska Gas Storage Partners

(

NKA

), up 3.3% and

Ormat Technologies

(

ORA

), up 3.2%.

Calpine Corporation, a wholesale power generation company, owns and operates natural gas-fired and geothermal power plants in North America. It operates natural gas-fired combustion turbines and renewable geothermal conventional steam turbines, as well as cogeneration power plants. Calpine has a market cap of $8.5 billion and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are up 5.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 8 analysts that rate Calpine a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Calpine as a

sell

. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its generally high debt management risk and poor profit margins.

On the negative front,

American DG Energy

(

ADGE

), down 5.5%,

Southcross Energy Partners

(

SXE

), down 4.3%,

China Hydroelectric Corporation

(

CHC

), down 3.4% and

Summit Midstream Partners

(

SMLP

), down 3.2%.

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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