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EQT

(

EQT

) pushed the Utilities sector lower today making it today's featured Utilities laggard. The sector as a whole closed the day down 0.5%. By the end of trading, EQT fell $1.33 (-1.5%) to $89.37 on light volume. Throughout the day, 887,949 shares of EQT exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,406,400 shares. The stock ranged in price between $88.17-$90.59 after having opened the day at $90.35 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $90.70. Other companies within the Utilities sector that declined today were:

Cadiz

(

CDZI

), down 7.7%,

U.S. Geothermal

(

HTM

), down 4.4%,

Consolidated Water Company

(

CWCO

TheStreet Recommends

), down 3.8% and

Companhia De Saneamento Basico Do Estado De

(

SBS

), down 3.5%.

EQT Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, operates as an integrated energy company in the United States. It operates in three segments: EQT Production, EQT Midstream, and Distribution. EQT has a market cap of $13.8 billion and is part of the utilities industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 42.9, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 1.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 8 analysts that rate EQT a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

EQT

as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, expanding profit margins, good cash flow from operations, compelling growth in net income and solid stock price performance. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results.

On the positive front,

California Water Service Group

(

CWT

), up 1.7% was a gainer within the utilities sector with

Pepco Holdings

(

POM

) 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

(

XLU

) while those bearish on the utilities sector could consider

ProShares UltraShort Utilities

(

SDP

).

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