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 0.8%. By the end of trading, Exelon rose $0.45 (1.2%) to $37.78 on average volume. Throughout the day, 5,489,712 shares of Exelon exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6,941,800 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $37.36-$37.78 after having opened the day at $37.44 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $37.33. Other companies within the Utilities sector that increased today were: Fuelcell Energy ( FCEL), up 4.9%, Just Energy Group ( JE), up 4.1%, GreenHunter Energy ( GRH), up 3.6% and Korea Electric Power ( KEP), up 2.7%.
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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 $31.8 billion and is part of the utilities industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 26.2, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 25.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday.

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 a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself, deteriorating net income and disappointing return on equity.

On the negative front, Empresa Distribuidora y Comercializadora No ( EDN), down 7.2%, Companhia De Saneamento Basico Do Estado De ( SBS), down 3.4%, Transportadora de Gas del Sur ( TGS), down 2.4% and Atlantic Power Corporation ( AT), down 1.7%.

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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