The utilities sector closed the day down 0.2%. China Hydroelectric ( CHC), SJW Corporation ( SJW), Consolidated Water Company ( CWCO), and York Water Company ( YORW) were all decliners today within the utilities sector with Dynegy Inc ( DYN) being today's featured utilities loser. Dynegy Inc fell 11 cents (-2.9%) to $3.74 on light volume. Throughout the day, 1.4 million shares of Dynegy Inc exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.1 million shares.

Dynegy Inc., through its subsidiaries, engages in the production and sale of electric energy, capacity, and ancillary services in the United States. Dynegy Inc has a market cap of $436.5 million and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are down 33.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Dynegy as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its generally weak debt management, disappointing return on equity, weak operating cash flow and generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself.

On the positive front, Transportadora de Gas del Sur ( TGS), GreenHunter Energy Inc ( GRH), U.S. Geothermal Inc ( HTM), and Calpine ( CPN) were all gainers within the utilities sector with Exelon ( EXC) 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).