PG&E ( PCG) pushed the Utilities sector higher today making it today's featured utilities winner. The sector as a whole closed the day up 0.7%. By the end of trading, PG&E rose 23 cents (0.5%) to $43.88 on light volume. Throughout the day, 1.3 million shares of PG&E exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of three million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $43.54-$43.95 after having opened the day at $43.74 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $43.65. Other companies within the Utilities sector that increased today were: GreenHunter Energy ( GRH), up 7.3%, Clean Energy Fuels Corporation ( CLNE), up 6.3%, Distribution and Marketing Company of the N ( EDN), up 5.3%, and Transportadora de Gas del Sur ( TGS), up 5%. PG&E Corporation, through its subsidiaries, operates as a public utility company in northern and central California. PG&E has a market cap of $18.34 billion and is part of the utilities industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 20.7, equal to the average utilities industry P/E ratio and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 5.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are four analysts that rate PG&E a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 11 rate it a hold. TheStreet Ratings rates PG&E as a buy. Among the primary strengths of the company is its revenue growth. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself.
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