Public Service Enterprise Group Inc ( PEG) pushed the Utilities sector higher today making it today's featured utilities winner. The sector as a whole closed the day up 0.3%. By the end of trading, Public Service Enterprise Group Inc rose 54 cents (1.6%) to $33.61 on average volume. Throughout the day, 3.2 million shares of Public Service Enterprise Group Inc exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.7 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $33.38-$34 after having opened the day at $33.52 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $33.07. Other companies within the Utilities sector that increased today were: Huaneng Power International Inc ( HNP), up 3.8%, Targa Resources ( TRGP), up 3.1%, Atlantic Power Corporation ( AT), up 3%, and Vectren ( VVC), up 2.5%.

Public Service Enterprise Group Incorporated, through its subsidiaries, operates in the energy industry primarily in the northeastern and mid Atlantic United States. Public Service Enterprise Group Inc has a market cap of $17.29 billion and is part of the utilities industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 13, below the average utilities industry P/E ratio of 13.1 and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 4% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Public Service Enterprise Group as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in stock price during the past year, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, good cash flow from operations and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat weak growth in earnings per share.

On the negative front, Dynegy Inc ( DYN), down 12.2%, Evergreen Energy Inc ( EEE), down 8%, Niska Gas Storage Partners ( NKA), down 5.3%, and American DG Energy Inc ( ADGE), down 3.5%, were all losers within the utilities sector with Ameren ( AEE) being today's utilities sector loser.

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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