The

utilities

sector closed the day down 2.1%.

Beacon Power

(

BCON

),

Ocean Power Technologies

(

OPTT

),

Active Power Inc

(

ACPW

), and

Clean Energy Fuels Corporation

(

CLNE

) were all decliners today within the utilities sector with

AES Corporation

(

AES

) being today's featured utilities loser. AES Corporation fell 41 cents (-3.6%) to $10.82 on light volume. Throughout the day, 5.2 million shares of AES Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of eight 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 $8.8 billion and is part of the

utilities

industry. Shares are down 7.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday.

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 growth in earnings per share. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself, disappointing return on equity and poor profit margins.

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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