Centrais Ele. Brasileira S.A. Eletrobras ( EBR) pushed the Utilities sector higher today making it today's featured utilities winner. The sector as a whole closed the day down 0.4%. By the end of trading, Centrais Ele. Brasileira S.A. Eletrobras rose 8 cents (0.9%) to $9.34 on average volume. Throughout the day, 716,927 shares of Centrais Ele. Brasileira S.A. Eletrobras exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 953,000 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $9.31-$9.59 after having opened the day at $9.52 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $9.26. Other companies within the Utilities sector that increased today were: Active Power Inc ( ACPW), up 10.8%, GreenHunter Energy Inc ( GRH), up 7.9%, Dynegy Inc ( DYN), up 7.1%, and Targa Resources ( TRGP), up 6.1%.

Centrais Eletricas Brasileiras S.A. Eletrobras, together with its subsidiaries, engages in the generation, transmission, and distribution of electric energy in Brazil. Centrais Ele. Brasileira S.A. Eletrobras has a market cap of $12.57 billion and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are down 32.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Centrais Ele. Brasileira S.A. Eletrobras as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and attractive valuation levels. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including unimpressive growth in net income, poor profit margins and a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself.

On the negative front, Atmos Energy ( ATO), down 4.8%, U.S. Geothermal Inc ( HTM), down 4.7%, Energy Company of Minas Gerais ( CIG), down 4.5%, and UGI Corporation ( UGI), down 4.2%, were all losers within the utilities sector with Consolidated Edison Inc ( ED) 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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