GenOn Energy Inc (GEN): Today's Featured Utilities Laggard

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GenOn Energy ( GEN) pushed the Utilities sector lower today making it today's featured Utilities laggard. The sector as a whole closed the day down 0.2%. By the end of trading, GenOn Energy fell 5 cents (-1.9%) to $2.60 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 21.1 million shares of GenOn Energy exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 13.4 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $2.59-$2.68 after having opened the day at $2.67 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $2.65. Other companies within the Utilities sector that declined today were: China Hydroelectric Corporation ( CHC), down 17.5%, Clean Energy Fuels Corporation ( CLNE), down 2.4%, Centrais Eletricas Brasileiras ( EBR), down 2.3%, and GreenHunter Energy ( GRH), down 1.9%.
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GenOn Energy, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, provides energy, capacity, ancillary, and other energy services to wholesale customers in the energy market in the United States. GenOn Energy has a market cap of $2.07 billion and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are up 1.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are five analysts that rate GenOn Energy a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and three rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates GenOn Energy as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its weak operating cash flow, poor profit margins, generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself and feeble growth in its earnings per share.

On the positive front, Transportadora de Gas del Sur ( TGS), up 4%, TransAlta Corporation ( TAC), up 2.9%, EQT ( EQT), up 2.8%, and American DG Energy ( ADGE), up 2.4%, were all gainers within the utilities sector with Entergy ( ETR) being today's featured utilities sector leader.

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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