Enersis SA (ENI): Today's Featured Utilities Winner

Enersis ( ENI) pushed the Utilities sector higher today making it today's featured utilities winner. The sector as a whole closed the day down 0.6%. By the end of trading, Enersis rose 11 cents (0.6%) to $18.11 on average volume. Throughout the day, 755,009 shares of Enersis exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 551,700 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $17.91-$18.18 after having opened the day at $18 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $18. Other companies within the Utilities sector that increased today were: U.S. Geothermal ( HTM), up 5.6%, Pure Cycle Corporation ( PCYO), up 5.5%, RGC Resources ( RGCO), up 2.6%, and Gas Natural ( EGAS), up 2.1%.

Enersis S.A., an electric utility company, engages in the electricity generation, transmission, and distribution businesses in Chile, Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, and Peru. Enersis has a market cap of $11.61 billion and is part of the utilities industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 11.9, below the average utilities industry P/E ratio of 15 and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 2.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are no analysts that rate Enersis a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and one rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Enersis as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, increase in net income, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, growth in earnings per share and attractive valuation levels. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself.

On the negative front, Delta Natural Gas Company ( DGAS), down 6.2%, Distribution and Marketing Company of the N ( EDN), down 4.8%, GreenHunter Energy ( GRH), down 4.8%, and Transportadora de Gas del Sur ( TGS), down 4.5%, were all losers within the utilities sector with American Electric Power ( AEP) 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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