Korea Electric Power Corp (KEP): Today's Featured Utilities Winner

Korea Electric Power ( KEP) pushed the Utilities sector higher today making it today's featured utilities winner. The sector as a whole closed the day up 0.5%. By the end of trading, Korea Electric Power rose 31 cents (2.9%) to $10.90 on average volume. Throughout the day, 808,955 shares of Korea Electric Power exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 822,500 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $10.87-$10.94 after having opened the day at $10.94 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $10.59. Other companies within the Utilities sector that increased today were: Artesian Resource Corporation ( ARTNA), up 5.7%, Distribution and Marketing Company of the N ( EDN), up 5.6%, U.S. Geothermal ( HTM), up 5.3%, and GenOn Energy ( GEN), up 5%.

Korea Electric Power Corporation, an integrated electric utility company, engages in the generation, transmission, and distribution of electricity in Korea. The company generates power from nuclear, coal, oil, liquefied natural gas, hydro, wind, and solar sources. Korea Electric Power has a market cap of $13.65 billion and is part of the utilities industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 19, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 3.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there is one analyst that rates Korea Electric Power a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Korea Electric Power as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its poor profit margins and generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself.

On the negative front, Dynegy ( DYN), down 8.9%, Ocean Power Technologies ( OPTT), down 5.7%, China Hydroelectric Corporation ( CHC), down 4.9%, and Centrais Eletricas Brasileiras ( EBR), down 3.5%, were all losers within the utilities sector with PPL ( PPL) 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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