The

utilities

sector closed the day down 0.2%.

Transportadora de Gas del Sur

(

TGS

),

GreenHunter Energy Inc

(

GRH

),

U.S. Geothermal Inc

(

HTM

), and

Calpine

(

CPN

) were all winners today within the utilities sector with

Exelon

(

EXC

) being today's featured utilities winner. Exelon rose 44 cents (1%) to $44.57 on average volume. Throughout the day, eight million shares of Exelon exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6.6 million shares.

Exelon Corporation operates as a utility services holding company in the United States. The company primarily engages in the generation of electricity. It generates electricity from nuclear, fossil, hydroelectric, and renewable energy sources. Exelon has a market cap of $28 billion and is part of the

utilities

industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 11.8, above the average utilities industry P/E ratio of 10.6 and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 6.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Exelon as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in net income, revenue growth, good cash flow from operations, growth in earnings per share and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins.

On the negative front,

China Hydroelectric

(

CHC

),

SJW Corporation

(

SJW

),

Consolidated Water Company

(

CWCO

), and

York Water Company

(

YORW

) were all losers within the utilities sector with

Dynegy Inc

(

DYN

) being today's utilities sector Loser Spotlight stock.

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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