NextEra Energy Inc (NEE): Today's Featured Utilities Winner

NextEra Energy ( NEE) pushed the Utilities sector higher today making it today's featured utilities winner. The sector as a whole closed the day down 0.3%. By the end of trading, NextEra Energy rose 67 cents (1%) to $68.53 on light volume. Throughout the day, 1.1 million shares of NextEra Energy exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of two million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $68.03-$68.68 after having opened the day at $68.03 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $67.86. Other companies within the Utilities sector that increased today were: GenOn Energy ( GEN), up 2.6%, Just Energy Group ( JE), up 2.3%, and SJW Corporation ( SJW), up 1.6%.

NextEra Energy, Inc., through its subsidiaries, engages in the generation, transmission, distribution, and sale of electric energy in the United States and Canada. The company is involved in the generation of renewable energy from wind and solar projects. NextEra Energy has a market cap of $28.49 billion and is part of the utilities industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 13.5, equal to the average utilities industry P/E ratio and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 11.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 14 analysts that rate NextEra Energy a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and five rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates NextEra Energy as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, compelling growth in net income and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally poor debt management on most measures that we evaluated.

On the negative front, China Hydroelectric Corporation ( CHC), down 8.1%, GreenHunter Energy ( GRH), down 7.6%, Ellomay Capital ( ELLO), down 6.8%, and Clean Energy Fuels Corporation ( CLNE), down 5%, were all losers within the utilities sector with Sempra Energy ( SRE) 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).