Centrais Ele. Brasileira S.A. Eletrobras (EBR): Today's Featured Utilities Winner

The utilities sector closed the day down 0.5%. Dynegy Inc ( DYN), GreenHunter Energy Inc ( GRH), Beacon Power ( BCON), and Centrais Ele. Brasileira S.A. Eletrobras ( EBR.B) were all winners today within the utilities sector with Centrais Ele. Brasileira S.A. Eletrobras ( EBR) being today's featured utilities winner. Centrais Ele. Brasileira S.A. Eletrobras rose 20 cents (2.2%) to $9.42 on average volume. Throughout the day, 1.1 million shares of Centrais Ele. Brasileira S.A. Eletrobras exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.3 million shares.

Centrais Eletricas Brasileiras S.A. Eletrobras, together with its subsidiaries, engages in the generation, transmission, distribution, and commercialization of electric power in Brazil. Centrais Ele. Brasileira S.A. Eletrobras has a market cap of $11.9 billion and is part of the utilities industry.

TheStreet Ratings rates Centrais Ele. Brasileira S.A. Eletrobras 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 attractive valuation levels. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including unimpressive growth in net income, poor profit margins and a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself.

On the negative front, Delta Natural Gas Company ( DGAS), U.S. Geothermal Inc ( HTM), Transportadora de Gas del Sur ( TGS), and Evergreen Energy Inc ( EEE) were all losers within the utilities sector with AES Corporation ( AES) 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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