Calpine Corp (CPN): Today's Featured Utilities Winner

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Calpine ( CPN) pushed the Utilities sector higher today making it today's featured utilities winner. The sector as a whole closed the day down 0.2%. By the end of trading, Calpine rose 21 cents (1.2%) to $17.45 on average volume. Throughout the day, 3.2 million shares of Calpine exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.3 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $17.25-$17.60 after having opened the day at $17.30 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $17.24. Other companies within the Utilities sector that increased today were: American DG Energy ( ADGE), up 5.3%, Huaneng Power International ( HNP), up 3.5%, EQT ( EQT), up 3.3%, and Empresa Distribuidora y Comercializadora No ( EDN), up 2.3%.
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Calpine Corporation, an independent wholesale power generation company, owns and operates natural gas-fired and geothermal power plants in North America. It operates natural gas-fired combustion turbines and renewable geothermal conventional steam turbines, as well as cogeneration power plants. Calpine has a market cap of $7.96 billion and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are up 4.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are eight analysts that rate Calpine a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and two rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Calpine as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its unimpressive growth in net income, generally high debt management risk, weak operating cash flow and feeble growth in its earnings per share.

On the negative front, China Hydroelectric Corporation ( CHC), down 3.9%, NorthWestern Corporation ( NWE), down 3.6%, PAA Natural Gas Storage L.P ( PNG), down 2.1%, and UNS Energy ( UNS), down 2%, were all laggards within the utilities sector with American Electric Power ( AEP) being today's utilities sector laggard.

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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