Nstar ( NST) pushed the Utilities sector lower today making it today's featured Utilities loser. The sector as a whole closed the day up 3.2%. By the end of trading, Nstar fell 28 cents (-0.6%) to $43.76 on average volume. Throughout the day, 342,880 shares of Nstar exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 312,100 shares. The stock ranged in price between $43.55-$44.93 after having opened the day at $44.91 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $44.04. Other company's within the Utilities sector that declined today were: U.S. Geothermal Inc ( HTM), down 6.5%, Delta Natural Gas Company ( DGAS), down 2.2%, and GreenHunter Energy Inc ( GRH), down 1.6%.

NSTAR, through its subsidiaries, engages in sale, distribution, and transmission of electricity and natural gas to commercial, industrial, and residential customers in Massachusetts. Nstar has a market cap of $4.57 billion and is part of the utilities industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 17.2, below the average utilities industry P/E ratio of 17.5 and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 4.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Nstar as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, notable return on equity, good cash flow from operations, growth in earnings per share and increase in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company is trading at a premium valuation based on our review of its current price compared to such things as earnings and book value.

On the positive front, Evergreen Energy Inc ( EEE), up 133.4%, Ocean Power Technologies ( OPTT), up 14.8%, Clean Energy Fuels Corporation ( CLNE), up 8.1%, and Dynegy Inc ( DYN), up 8%, were all gainers within the utilities sector with Dominion Resources Inc ( D) 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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