Exelon Corp (EXC): Today's Featured Utilities Winner

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Exelon ( EXC) pushed the Utilities sector higher today making it today's featured utilities winner. The sector as a whole closed the day up 0.3%. By the end of trading, Exelon rose 44 cents (1.5%) to $29.76 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 16 million shares of Exelon exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 7.4 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $29.43-$30.06 after having opened the day at $29.54 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $29.32. Other companies within the Utilities sector that increased today were: Empresa Distribuidora y Comercializadora No ( EDN), up 12.2%, Pure Cycle Corporation ( PCYO), up 6.2%, Centrais Eletricas Brasileiras ( EBR.B), up 3.1%, and U.S. Geothermal ( HTM), up 2.6%.
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Exelon Corporation, a utility services holding company, engages in the energy generation and distribution business in the United States. Exelon has a market cap of $24.41 billion and is part of the utilities industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 15.2, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 34.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there is one analyst that rates Exelon a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 16 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Exelon as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself, feeble growth in the company's earnings per share and deteriorating net income.

On the negative front, Transportadora de Gas del Sur ( TGS), down 6.1%, China Hydroelectric Corporation ( CHC), down 4.4%, Energy Company of Minas Gerais ( CIG), down 3.5%, and Basic Sanitation Company of the State of Sa ( SBS), down 2.5%, were all laggards within the utilities sector with Calpine ( CPN) 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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