PG&E Corp (PCG): Today's Featured Utilities Laggard

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PG&E ( PCG) pushed the Utilities sector lower today making it today's featured Utilities laggard. The sector as a whole closed the day down 1.4%. By the end of trading, PG&E fell $0.78 (-1.6%) to $47.66 on average volume. Throughout the day, 2,550,983 shares of PG&E exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2,906,600 shares. The stock ranged in price between $47.56-$48.45 after having opened the day at $48.37 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $48.44. Other companies within the Utilities sector that declined today were: American DG Energy ( ADGE), down 10.9%, ONEOK ( OKE), down 6.8%, Cadiz ( CDZI), down 6.6% and Consolidated Water Company ( CWCO), down 5.1%.
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PG&E Corporation, through its subsidiaries, operates as a public utility company in northern and central California. PG&E has a market cap of $21.2 billion and is part of the utilities industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 25.2, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 20.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate PG&E a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates PG&E as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, reasonable valuation levels, good cash flow from operations and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

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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