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) pushed the Utilities sector lower today making it today's featured Utilities laggard. The sector as a whole closed the day down 0.1%. By the end of trading, Entergy fell $0.93 (-1.3%) to $69.60 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 2,326,499 shares of Entergy exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,361,800 shares. The stock ranged in price between $69.10-$71.77 after having opened the day at $70.76 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $70.53. Other companies within the Utilities sector that declined today were:

TransAlta Corporation



), down 5.5%,

Southcross Energy Partners



), down 3.5%,

Niska Gas Storage Partners



), down 3.3% and

Centrais Eletricas Brasileiras



), down 3.3%.

Entergy Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, engages in the electric power production and retail electric distribution operations in the United States. The company generates electricity through various sources, such as gas/oil, nuclear, coal, and hydro power. Entergy has a market cap of $12.5 billion and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are up 10.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate Entergy a buy, 3 analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates


as a


. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its compelling growth in net income, revenue growth, notable return on equity and impressive record of earnings per share growth. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated.

On the positive front,

U.S. Geothermal



), up 3.7%,

CorEnergy Infrastructure



), up 3.2%,

Transportadora de Gas del Sur



), up 3.2% and

Ocean Power Technologies



), up 2.6% , were all gainers within the utilities sector with

NextEra Energy



) being today's featured utilities sector leader.

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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