Dominion Resources Inc (D): Today's Featured Utilities Winner

The utilities sector closed the day up 0.8%. American DG Energy Inc ( ADGE), Dynegy Inc ( DYN), U.S. Geothermal Inc ( HTM), and NRG Energy Inc ( NRG) were all winners today within the utilities sector with Dominion Resources Inc ( D) being today's featured utilities winner. Dominion Resources Inc rose 27 cents (0.6%) to $49.45 on average volume. Throughout the day, 3.8 million shares of Dominion Resources Inc exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.6 million shares.

Dominion Resources, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, engages in producing and transporting energy in the United States. It operates in three segments: DVP, Dominion Generation, and Dominion Energy. Dominion Resources Inc has a market cap of $28.4 billion and is part of the utilities industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 17, below the average utilities industry P/E ratio of 17.1 and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 16.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Dominion as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, good cash flow from operations, solid stock price performance and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

On the negative front, China Hydroelectric ( CHC), Ellomay Capital ( ELLO), Unitil Corporation ( UTL), and GenOn Energy Inc ( GEN) were all losers within the utilities sector with FirstEnergy ( FE) being today's utilities sector Loser Spotlight stock.

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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