Editor's Note: TheStreet ratings do not represent the views of TheStreet's staff or its contributors. Ratings are established by computer based on metrics for performance (which includes growth, stock performance, efficiency and valuation) and risk (volatility and solvency). Companies with poor cash flow or high debt levels tend to earn lower ratings in our model NRG Energy ( NRG) pushed the Utilities sector higher today making it today's featured utilities winner. The sector as a whole closed the day up 0.6%. By the end of trading, NRG Energy rose $0.46 (1.7%) to $27.61 on average volume. Throughout the day, 2,792,342 shares of NRG Energy exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3,260,600 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $27.30-$27.71 after having opened the day at $27.34 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $27.15. Other companies within the Utilities sector that increased today were: Western Gas Equity Partners ( WGP), up 5.7%, Pure Cycle Corporation ( PCYO), up 4.8%, California Water Service Group ( CWT), up 4.7% and Atlantic Power Corporation ( AT), up 4.0%.
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