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) pushed the Utilities sector higher today making it today's featured utilities winner. The sector as a whole closed the day up 1.0%. By the end of trading, Exelon rose $0.33 (1.1%) to $31.51 on light volume. Throughout the day, 4,342,754 shares of Exelon exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6,989,700 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $31.05-$31.55 after having opened the day at $31.07 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $31.18. Other companies within the Utilities sector that increased today were:




), up 25.5%,

American Midstream Partners



), up 8.2%,

Connecticut Water Service



), up 5.7% and




), up 5.0%.

Exelon Corporation, a utility services holding company, engages in the energy generation and distribution business in the United States. Exelon has a market cap of $27.5 billion and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are up 7.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate Exelon a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 14 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Exelon as a


. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity and poor profit margins.

On the negative front,

Beacon Power



), down 10.8%,

RGC Resources



), down 5.0%,

PVR Partners



), down 3.0% and

Pure Cycle Corporation



), down 2.6% , were all laggards within the utilities sector with

American Electric Power



) being today's utilities sector laggard.

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



) while those bearish on the utilities sector could consider

ProShares UltraShort Utilities




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