GenOn Energy

(

GEN

) pushed the Utilities sector higher today making it today's featured utilities winner. The sector as a whole closed the day down 0.7%. By the end of trading, GenOn Energy rose 12 cents (8.2%) to $1.59 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 15.1 million shares of GenOn Energy exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 7.1 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $1.46-$1.60 after having opened the day at $1.48 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $1.47. Other companies within the Utilities sector that increased today were:

Ocean Power Technologies

(

OPTT

), up 7%,

Dynegy

(

DYN

), up 3.9%,

El Paso Electric Company

(

EE

), up 1.8%, and

Niska Gas Storage Partners

(

NKA

), up 1.7%.

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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 $1.08 billion and is part of the

utilities

industry. Shares are down 43.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are three analysts that rate GenOn Energy a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and seven 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 negative front,

American DG Energy

(

ADGE

), down 17.1%,

GreenHunter Energy

(

GRH

), down 6.3%,

Active Power

(

ACPW

), down 5.2%, and

Transportadora de Gas del Sur

(

TGS

), down 5.1%, were all losers within the utilities sector with

Southern

(

SO

) 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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