PG&E Corp (PCG): Today's Featured Utilities Loser

PG&E ( PCG) pushed the Utilities sector lower today making it today's featured Utilities loser. The sector as a whole closed the day up 0.8%. By the end of trading, PG&E fell 42 cents (-1%) to $43.38 on average volume. Throughout the day, 2.9 million shares of PG&E exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.7 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $43.30-$43.71 after having opened the day at $43.71 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $43.80. Other company's within the Utilities sector that declined today were: U.S. Geothermal ( HTM), down 7.7%, Ellomay Capital ( ELLO), down 4.7%, China Hydroelectric Corporation ( CHC), down 3.1%, and GreenHunter Energy ( GRH), down 3%.

PG&E Corporation, through its subsidiaries, operates as a public utility company in northern and central California. PG&E has a market cap of $18.42 billion and is part of the utilities industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 20.2, equal to the average utilities industry P/E ratio and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 6.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. 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. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, increase in net income, expanding profit margins, growth in earnings per share and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity.

On the positive front, Dynegy ( DYN), up 10.6%, Clean Energy Fuels Corporation ( CLNE), up 7.3%, American Midstream Partners ( AMID), up 6%, and Distribution and Marketing Company of the N ( EDN), up 5.3%, were all gainers within the utilities sector with AES ( AES) 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).