Dominion Resources Inc (D): Today's Featured Utilities Laggard

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Dominion Resources ( D) pushed the Utilities sector lower today making it today's featured Utilities laggard. The sector as a whole closed the day down 0.1%. By the end of trading, Dominion Resources fell 61 cents (-1.1%) to $53.16 on average volume. Throughout the day, two million shares of Dominion Resources exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.8 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $53.12-$53.85 after having opened the day at $53.72 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $53.77. Other companies within the Utilities sector that declined today were: Ocean Power Technologies ( OPTT), down 7.9%, Calpine ( CPN), down 5.3%, GenOn Energy ( GEN), down 2.6%, and Huaneng Power International ( HNP), down 2.5%.

Dominion Resources, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, engages in producing and transporting energy in the United States. It operates in three segments: DVP, Dominion Generation, and Dominion Energy. Dominion Resources has a market cap of $30.1 billion and is part of the utilities industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 22.5, above the average utilities industry P/E ratio of 22.3 and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 1.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are four analysts that rate Dominion Resources a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 13 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Dominion Resources as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its good cash flow from operations and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

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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