Editor's Note: TheStreet ratings do not represent the views of TheStreet's staff or its contributors. Ratings are established by computer based on metrics for performance (which includes growth, stock performance, efficiency and valuation) and risk (volatility and solvency). Companies with poor cash flow or high debt levels tend to earn lower ratings in our model


Consolidated Edison



) pushed the Utilities sector higher today making it today's featured utilities winner. The sector as a whole closed the day up 0.1%. By the end of trading, Consolidated Edison rose 63 cents (1.1%) to $60.09 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 2.4 million shares of Consolidated Edison exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.3 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $59.50-$60.37 after having opened the day at $59.51 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $59.46. Other companies within the Utilities sector that increased today were:

Pure Cycle Corporation



), up 7.7%,

Korea Electric Power



), up 4.2%,

American DG Energy



), up 2.5%, and

PAA Natural Gas Storage L.P



), up 2.2%.

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Consolidated Edison, Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides energy services to residential, commercial, industrial, and government customers in the United States. Consolidated Edison has a market cap of $17.42 billion and is part of the


industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 16.4, equal to the average utilities industry P/E ratio and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 4.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are no analysts that rate Consolidated Edison a buy, three analysts rate it a sell, and nine rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Consolidated Edison as a


. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its growth in earnings per share, increase in net income, reasonable valuation levels and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow.

On the negative front,

China Hydroelectric Corporation


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), down 5.8%,

Ormat Technologies



), down 2.6%,

U.S. Geothermal



), down 2.3%, and

Empresa Distribuidora y Comercializadora No



), down 2.3%, were all laggards within the utilities sector with




) 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



) while those bearish on the utilities sector could consider

ProShares UltraShort Utilities




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