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Duke Energy Corporation

(

DUK

) pushed the Utilities sector higher today making it today's featured utilities winner. The sector as a whole closed the day up 1.2%. By the end of trading, Duke Energy Corporation rose $0.78 (1.1%) to $71.22 on average volume. Throughout the day, 3,050,903 shares of Duke Energy Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3,252,600 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $70.56-$71.29 after having opened the day at $70.67 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $70.44. Other companies within the Utilities sector that increased today were:

Transportadora de Gas del Sur

(

TGS

), up 8.6%,

Fuelcell Energy

(

FCEL

), up 8.3%,

Empresa Distribuidora y Comercializadora No

(

EDN

), up 5.7% and

Ocean Power Technologies

(

OPTT

), up 4.8%.

Duke Energy Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, operates as an energy company in the United States and Latin America. It operates through three segments: Regulated Utilities, International Energy, and Commercial Power. Duke Energy Corporation has a market cap of $49.8 billion and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are up 2.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 8 analysts that rate Duke Energy Corporation a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Duke Energy Corporation

as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself.

On the negative front,

Pure Cycle Corporation

(

PCYO

), down 1.6%,

Korea Electric Power

(

KEP

), down 1.6% and

EQT

(

EQT

), down 1.6%.

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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