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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 0.3%. By the end of trading, SCANA rose $0.54 (1.0%) to $53.29 on average volume. Throughout the day, 633,514 shares of SCANA exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 584,900 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $52.79-$53.67 after having opened the day at $53.08 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $52.75. Other companies within the Utilities sector that increased today were:




), up 7.8%,

Ocean Power Technologies



), up 5.3%,

PVR Partners



), up 5.0% and

American DG Energy



), up 3.0%.

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SCANA Corporation, through its subsidiaries, engages in the generation, transmission, distribution, and sale of electricity to retail and wholesale customers in South Carolina. It owns nuclear, coal, hydro, oil and gas, and biomass generating facilities. SCANA has a market cap of $7.3 billion and is part of the utilities industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 16.7, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 15.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

TheStreet Ratings rates SCANA as a


. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, increase in net income, attractive valuation levels and growth in earnings per share. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow.

On the negative front,

GreenHunter Energy



), down 6.5%,

Korea Electric Power



), down 3.0%,

AmeriGas Partners



), down 1.8% and

SJW Corporation



), down 1.7% , were all laggards within the utilities sector with




) 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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