Exelon

(

EXC

) pushed the Utilities sector higher today making it today's featured utilities winner. The sector as a whole closed the day up 0.2%. By the end of trading, Exelon rose 25 cents (0.6%) to $42.94 on light volume. Throughout the day, 3.5 million shares of Exelon exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6.1 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $42.74-$43.12 after having opened the day at $42.80 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $42.69. Other companies within the Utilities sector that increased today were:

Dynegy Inc

(

DYN

), up 12%,

National Fuel Gas Company

(

NFG

), up 3.1%,

EQT

(

EQT

), up 3%, and

Consolidated Water Company

(

CWCO

), up 3%.

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 $27.8 billion and is part of the

utilities

industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 11.6, equal to the average utilities industry P/E ratio and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 2.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday.

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, solid stock price performance, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and attractive valuation levels. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

On the negative front,

China Hydroelectric

(

CHC

), down 42.9%,

Evergreen Energy Inc

(

EEE

), down 38%,

Ocean Power Technologies

(

OPTT

), down 5.9%, and

American DG Energy Inc

(

ADGE

), down 5.9%, were all losers within the utilities sector with

CPFL Energy

(

CPL

) being today's utilities sector loser.

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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