Hawaiian Electric Industries ( HE) pushed the Utilities sector higher today making it today's featured utilities winner. The sector as a whole closed the day down 1.6%. By the end of trading, Hawaiian Electric Industries rose 13 cents (0.5%) to $25.88 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 909,009 shares of Hawaiian Electric Industries exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 544,600 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $25.66-$26.17 after having opened the day at $25.68 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $25.75. Another company within the Utilities sector that increased today was China Hydroelectric Corporation ( CHC), up 23.9%.

Hawaiian Electric Industries, Inc., through its subsidiaries, primarily engages in electric utility and banking businesses primarily in Hawaii. Hawaiian Electric Industries has a market cap of $2.48 billion and is part of the utilities industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 19.1, below the average utilities industry P/E ratio of 19.3 and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 13% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there is one analyst that rates Hawaiian Electric Industries a buy, one analyst rates it a sell, and three rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Hawaiian Electric as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, solid stock price performance and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins.

On the negative front, Dynegy ( DYN), down 7%, Clean Energy Fuels Corporation ( CLNE), down 5.1%, NRG Energy ( NRG), down 4.7%, and AES ( AES), down 4.4%, were all losers within the utilities sector with Duke Energy Corporation ( DUK) 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).