Declines From Exelon Corp (EXC) Drive Down Utilities Sector

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Exelon ( EXC) 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, Exelon fell 34 cents (-1%) to $33.51 on average volume. Throughout the day, 7.1 million shares of Exelon exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 7.5 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $33.44-$34.12 after having opened the day at $33.95 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $33.85. Other companies within the Utilities sector that declined today were: Atlantic Power Corporation ( AT), down 5.8%, Just Energy Group ( JE), down 5.4%, Ocean Power Technologies ( OPTT), down 5.4%, and Empresa Distribuidora y Comercializadora No ( EDN), down 3.5%.
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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 $28.82 billion and is part of the utilities industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 23.7, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 13.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are three analysts that rate Exelon a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 14 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Exelon as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust 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 deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity and poor profit margins.

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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