3. As of noon trading, Xcel Energy ( XEL) is up $0.15 (0.6%) to $27.62 on average volume Thus far, 927,613 shares of Xcel Energy exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $27.34-$27.66 after having opened the day at $27.49 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $27.47.

Xcel Energy Inc., through its subsidiaries, engages in the generation, purchase, transmission, distribution, and sale of electricity in the United States. The company generates electricity using coal, natural gas, nuclear, hydro, solar, waste, biomass, oil, and wind energy sources. Xcel Energy has a market cap of $13.4 billion and is part of the utilities industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 14.8, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 3.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate Xcel Energy a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 12 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Xcel Energy as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its growth in earnings per share, increase in net income, expanding profit margins, notable return on equity and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated. Get the full Xcel Energy Ratings Report now.

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