Editor's Note: TheStreet ratings do not represent the views of TheStreet's staff or its contributors. Ratings are established by computer based on metrics for performance (which includes growth, stock performance, efficiency and valuation) and risk (volatility and solvency). Companies with poor cash flow or high debt levels tend to earn lower ratings in our model





) pushed the Utilities sector higher today making it today's featured utilities winner. The sector as a whole closed the day up 0.4%. By the end of trading, FirstEnergy rose 47 cents (1%) to $45.89 on average volume. Throughout the day, two million shares of FirstEnergy exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.3 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $45.52-$45.89 after having opened the day at $45.70 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $45.42. Other companies within the Utilities sector that increased today were:




), up 4.7%,

Consolidated Water Company



), up 3.3%,

Pure Cycle Corporation



), up 2.8%, and

SJW Corporation



), up 2.4%.

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FirstEnergy Corp. operates as a diversified energy company. The company, through its subsidiaries, engages in the generation, transmission, and distribution of electricity. FirstEnergy has a market cap of $19.04 billion and is part of the utilities industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 16.7, equal to the average utilities industry P/E ratio and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 2.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are four analysts that rate FirstEnergy a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 11 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates FirstEnergy as a


. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its reasonable valuation levels and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

On the negative front,

China Hydroelectric Corporation



), down 10.1%,

American DG Energy



), down 3.5%,

RGC Resources



), down 2.9%, and

Empresa Distribuidora y Comercializadora No



), down 2.1%, were all laggards within the utilities sector with

NRG Energy



) 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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