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Exelon

(

EXC

) pushed the Utilities sector lower today making it today's featured Utilities laggard. The sector as a whole closed the day down 0.4%. By the end of trading, Exelon fell 39 cents (-1%) to $37.07 on light volume. Throughout the day, 3.9 million shares of Exelon exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of six million shares. The stock ranged in price between $37.07-$37.55 after having opened the day at $37.45 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $37.46. Other companies within the Utilities sector that declined today were:

Transportadora de Gas del Sur

(

TGS

), down 3.7%,

Delta Natural Gas Company

(

DGAS

), down 3.2%,

Huaneng Power International

(

HNP

), down 3.2%, and

GenOn Energy

(

GEN

), down 2.3%.

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Exelon Corporation, a utility services holding company, engages in the generation of electricity in the United States. It generates electricity from nuclear, fossil, hydro, and renewable energy sources. Exelon has a market cap of $32.56 billion and is part of the

utilities

industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 15.5, below the average utilities industry P/E ratio of 15.8 and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 13.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are three analysts that rate Exelon a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 15 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Exelon as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, good cash flow from operations, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and reasonable valuation levels. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat weak growth in earnings per share.

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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