GenOn Energy

(

GEN

) pushed the Utilities sector lower today making it today's featured Utilities loser. The sector as a whole closed the day up 0.5%. By the end of trading, GenOn Energy fell 6 cents (-3.3%) to $1.75 on average volume. Throughout the day, 7.7 million shares of GenOn Energy exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of seven million shares. The stock ranged in price between $1.71-$1.83 after having opened the day at $1.83 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $1.81. Other company's within the Utilities sector that declined today were:

China Hydroelectric Corporation

(

CHC

), down 7.8%,

Active Power

(

ACPW

), down 3.9%,

Transportadora de Gas del Sur

(

TGS

), down 3.6%, and

Ellomay Capital

(

ELLO

), down 2.5%.

GenOn Energy, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, provides energy, capacity, ancillary, and other energy services to wholesale customers in the energy market in the United States. GenOn Energy has a market cap of $1.41 billion and is part of the

utilities

industry. Shares are down 30.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are three analysts that rate GenOn Energy a buy, two analysts rate it a sell, and five rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates GenOn Energy as a

sell

. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its weak operating cash flow, poor profit margins, generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself and feeble growth in its earnings per share.

On the positive front,

Consolidated Water Company

(

CWCO

), up 6%,

American Midstream Partners

(

AMID

), up 5.7%,

Distribution and Marketing Company of the N

(

EDN

), up 5.4%, and

Niska Gas Storage Partners

(

NKA

), up 3.7%, were all gainers within the utilities sector with

Progress Energy

(

PGN

) being today's featured utilities sector winner.

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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