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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 0.2%. By the end of trading, FirstEnergy rose $0.72 (2.2%) to $32.79 on average volume. Throughout the day, 4,874,498 shares of FirstEnergy exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4,878,900 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $32.31-$32.98 after having opened the day at $32.50 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $32.07. Other companies within the Utilities sector that increased today were:

Centrais Eletricas Brasileiras



), up 4.6%,

China Hydroelectric Corporation



), up 3.0%,

Atlantic Power Corporation



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), up 3.0% and

Pattern Energy Group



), up 2.8%.

FirstEnergy Corp., a diversified energy holding company, engages in the generation, transmission, and distribution of electricity in the United States. The company operates in Regulated Distribution, Regulated Transmission, and Competitive Energy Services segments. FirstEnergy has a market cap of $13.5 billion and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are down 23.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there is 1 analyst that rates FirstEnergy a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 11 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates FirstEnergy as a


. The company's strongest point has been its a solid financial position based on a variety of debt and liquidity measures that we have looked at. At the same time, however, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity and poor profit margins.

On the negative front,

Empresa Distribuidora y Comercializadora No



), down 12.8%,

Ocean Power Technologies



), down 5.8%,

U.S. Geothermal



), down 3.2% and

GreenHunter Resources



), down 2.5%.

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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