The

utilities

sector closed the day down 1.2%.

U.S. Geothermal Inc

(

HTM

),

GreenHunter Energy Inc

(

GRH

),

Dynegy Inc

(

DYN

), and

Beacon Power

(

BCON

) were all decliners today within the utilities sector with

AES Corporation

(

AES

) being today's featured utilities loser. AES Corporation fell 46 cents (-4.5%) to $9.80 on average volume. Throughout the day, 6.3 million shares of AES Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 7.8 million shares.

The AES Corporation, through its subsidiaries, operates as a power company in Latin America, Africa, North America, Europe, the Middle East, and Asia. The company owns and operates two businesses, Generation and Utilities. AES Corporation has a market cap of $7.8 billion and is part of the

utilities

industry. Shares are down 15.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

TheStreet Ratings rates The AES as a

hold

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, increase in net income and increase in stock price during the past year. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including generally poor debt management, disappointing return on equity and poor profit margins.

On the positive front,

Artesian Resource Corporation

(

ARTNA

),

ITC Holdings

(

ITC

),

American DG Energy Inc

(

ADGE

), and

Gas Natural Inc

(

EGAS

) were all gainers within the utilities sector with

OGE Energy

(

OGE

) 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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