Inergy L.P ( NRGY) pushed the Utilities sector lower today making it today's featured Utilities loser. The sector as a whole closed the day up 1.3%. By the end of trading, Inergy L.P fell 34 cents (-1.3%) to $26.68 on average volume. Throughout the day, 492,376 shares of Inergy L.P exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 611,400 shares. The stock ranged in price between $26.56-$27.18 after having opened the day at $27.08 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $27.02. Other company's within the Utilities sector that declined today were: Evergreen Energy Inc ( EEE), down 25.6% and Niska Gas Storage Partners ( NKA), down 2.4%.

Inergy, L.P. engages in the retail marketing, sale, and distribution of propane to residential, commercial, industrial, and agricultural customers in the United States. Inergy L.P has a market cap of $3.17 billion and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are down 31.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Inergy as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth and good cash flow from operations. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity and poor profit margins.

On the positive front, Empresa Distribuidora y Comercializadora No ( EDN), up 9.5%, Consolidated Water Company ( CWCO), up 3.9%, Unitil Corporation ( UTL), up 3.7%, and American DG Energy Inc ( ADGE), up 3.5%, were all gainers within the utilities sector with FirstEnergy ( FE) 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).
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