PPL

(

PPL

) pushed the Utilities sector lower today making it today's featured Utilities loser. The sector as a whole closed the day down 1.3%. By the end of trading, PPL fell 38 cents (-1.3%) to $28.36 on light volume. Throughout the day, three million shares of PPL exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.4 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $28.28-$28.90 after having opened the day at $28.73 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $28.74. Other company's within the Utilities sector that declined today were:

Transportadora de Gas del Sur

(

TGS

), down 7.8%,

GreenHunter Energy

(

GRH

), down 6.7%,

China Hydroelectric Corporation

(

CHC

), down 6.5%, and

Consolidated Water Company

(

CWCO

), down 5.4%.

PPL Corporation, an energy and utility holding company, generates and sells electricity; and delivers natural gas to approximately 5.3 million utility customers primarily in the northeastern and northwestern U.S. PPL has a market cap of $16.78 billion and is part of the

utilities

industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 10.7, below the average utilities industry P/E ratio of 11.2 and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 9.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are five analysts that rate PPL a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and eight rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates PPL as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally poor debt management on most measures that we evaluated.

On the positive front,

Ormat Technologies

(

ORA

), up 2.5%,

RGC Resources

(

RGCO

), up 2%,

Pure Cycle Corporation

(

PCYO

), up 1.7%, and

DTE Energy Holding Company

(

DTE

), up 1.5%, were all gainers within the utilities sector with

ONEOK

(

OKE

) 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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