Dynegy Inc (DYN): Today's Highlighted Winner For Utilities

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Dynegy ( DYN) pushed the Utilities sector higher today making it today's featured utilities winner. The sector as a whole was unchanged today. By the end of trading, Dynegy rose 48 cents (2%) to $24.53 on light volume. Throughout the day, 874,369 shares of Dynegy exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.6 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $24.05-$24.59 after having opened the day at $24.08 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $24.05. Other companies within the Utilities sector that increased today were: Southcross Energy Partners ( SXE), up 6%, Clean Energy Fuels Corporation ( CLNE), up 4.7%, Summit Midstream Partners ( SMLP), up 3.4%, and PVR Partners ( PVR), up 2.9%.
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Dynegy Inc., through its subsidiaries, engages in the production and sale of electric energy, capacity, and ancillary services in the United States. Dynegy has a market cap of $72.5 million and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are unchanged year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are no analysts that rate Dynegy a buy, one analyst rates it a sell, and two rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Dynegy as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its disappointing return on equity, weak operating cash flow, poor profit margins, generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself and generally weak debt management.

On the negative front, GreenHunter Energy ( GRH), down 5.1%, Transportadora de Gas del Sur ( TGS), down 4.7%, Cadiz ( CDZI), down 3.9%, and Artesian Resource Corporation ( ARTNA), down 2.6%, were all laggards within the utilities sector with DTE Energy Holding Company ( DTE) 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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