AmeriGas Partners ( APU) pushed the Utilities sector lower today making it today's featured Utilities loser. The sector as a whole closed the day up 0.7%. By the end of trading, AmeriGas Partners fell 47 cents (-1.2%) to $40.05 on light volume. Throughout the day, 146,498 shares of AmeriGas Partners exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 251,000 shares. The stock ranged in price between $39.87-$40.59 after having opened the day at $40.47 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $40.52. Other company's within the Utilities sector that declined today were: GenOn Energy ( GEN), down 4.7%, GreenHunter Energy ( GRH), down 3.3%, American Midstream Partners ( AMID), down 2%, and Delta Natural Gas Company ( DGAS), down 1.9%. AmeriGas Partners, L.P., through its subsidiary, AmeriGas Propane, L.P., operates as a retail and wholesale distributor of propane gas in the United States. AmeriGas Partners has a market cap of $3.74 billion and is part of the utilities industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 21, below the average utilities industry P/E ratio of 37 and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 17% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there is one analyst that rates AmeriGas Partners a buy, two analysts rate it a sell, and three rate it a hold. TheStreet Ratings rates AmeriGas Partners as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, expanding profit margins and good cash flow from operations. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself, feeble growth in the company's earnings per share and disappointing return on equity.
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