AES Corporation

(

AES

) pushed the Utilities sector lower today making it today's featured Utilities loser. The sector as a whole closed the day down 2%. By the end of trading, AES Corporation fell 42 cents (-3.6%) to $11.23 on light volume. Throughout the day, 4.3 million shares of AES Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of eight million shares. The stock ranged in price between $11.22-$11.50 after having opened the day at $11.49 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $11.65. Other company's within the Utilities sector that declined today were:

Beacon Power

(

BCON

), down 76.2%,

Active Power Inc

(

ACPW

), down 8.8%,

Ocean Power Technologies

(

OPTT

), down 7.9%, and

American DG Energy Inc

(

ADGE

), down 7.5%.

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 $8.6 billion and is part of the

utilities

industry. Shares are down 5.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday.

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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