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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 up 0.3%. By the end of trading, Exelon fell $1.15 (-3.2%) to $35.03 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 22,364,673 shares of Exelon exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 7,056,200 shares. The stock ranged in price between $34.22-$35.36 after having opened the day at $34.22 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $36.18. Other companies within the Utilities sector that declined today were:

Atlantic Power

(

AT

), down 6.9%,

Huaneng Power International

(

HNP

), down 4.6%,

GreenHunter Resources

(

GRH

), down 4.1% and

Centrais Eletricas Brasileiras

(

EBR

), down 2.5%.

Exelon Corporation, a utility services holding company, is engaged in the energy generation business in the United States. It operates through nine segments: Mid-Atlantic, Midwest, New England, New York, ERCOT, Other Regions, ComEd, PECO, and BGE. Exelon has a market cap of $31.3 billion and is part of the utilities industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 15.6, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 33.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are no analysts that rate Exelon a buy, 4 analysts rate it a sell, and 9 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Exelon

as a

buy

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

On the positive front,

Pepco Holdings

TheStreet Recommends

(

POM

), up 17.4%,

Ocean Power Technologies

(

OPTT

), up 8.0%,

Cadiz

(

CDZI

), up 5.1% and

Fuelcell Energy

(

FCEL

), up 4.1% , were all gainers within the utilities sector with

NextEra Energy

(

NEE

) 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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