The utilities sector closed the day up 0.9%. Active Power Inc ( ACPW), Energy Company of Minas Gerais ( CIG), GenOn Energy Inc ( GEN), and Artesian Resource Corporation ( ARTNA) were all winners today within the utilities sector with Duke Energy Corporation ( DUK) being today's featured utilities winner. Duke Energy Corporation rose 16 cents (0.8%) to $20.30 on light volume. Throughout the day, 9.7 million shares of Duke Energy Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 14.3 million shares.

Duke Energy Corporation operates as an energy company in the Americas. It operates through three segments: U.S. Franchised Electric and Gas, Commercial Power, and International Energy. The U.S. Duke Energy Corporation has a market cap of $27.1 billion and is part of the utilities industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 13.2, equal to the average utilities industry P/E ratio and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 13.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Duke Energy as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, revenue growth and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow.

On the negative front, Beacon Power ( BCON), GreenHunter Energy Inc ( GRH), and China Hydroelectric ( CHC) were all losers within the utilities sector with Dynegy Inc ( DYN) 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).