The utilities sector closed the day up 0.4%. Beacon Power ( BCON), China Hydroelectric ( CHC), Dynegy Inc ( DYN), and U.S. Geothermal Inc ( HTM) were all decliners today within the utilities sector with Transportadora de Gas del Sur ( TGS) being today's featured utilities loser. Transportadora de Gas del Sur fell 6 cents (-2%) to $2.95 on light volume. Throughout the day, 18,810 shares of Transportadora de Gas del Sur exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 29,600 shares.

Transportadora de Gas Del Sur S.A. engages in the transportation of natural gas, as well as production and commercialization of natural gas liquids primarily in Argentina. It operates approximately 8627 km long pipeline system. Transportadora de Gas del Sur has a market cap of $492.6 million and is part of the utilities industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 2.2, below the average utilities industry P/E ratio of 20.9 and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 46.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Transportadora de Gas del Sur as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and expanding profit margins. 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 weak operating cash flow.

On the positive front, Ocean Power Technologies ( OPTT), Active Power Inc ( ACPW), Evergreen Energy Inc ( EEE), and Consolidated Water Company ( CWCO) were all gainers within the utilities sector with EQT ( EQT) 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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