Exelon Corp (EXC): Today's Featured Utilities Laggard

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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 0.4%. By the end of trading, Exelon fell $0.56 (-1.6%) to $35.25 on average volume. Throughout the day, 6,183,916 shares of Exelon exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6,950,200 shares. The stock ranged in price between $34.97-$35.58 after having opened the day at $35.39 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $35.81. Other companies within the Utilities sector that declined today were: Ocean Power Technologies ( OPTT), down 5.2%, Centrais Eletricas Brasileiras ( EBR.B), down 4.1%, Centrais Eletricas Brasileiras ( EBR), down 3.2% and Companhia De Saneamento Basico Do Estado De ( SBS), down 3.1%.
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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 $31.1 billion and is part of the utilities industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 28.6, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 20.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate Exelon a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 12 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.

On the positive front, Pure Cycle Corporation ( PCYO), down 12.0%, Inergy L.P ( NRGY), down 7.9%, Empresa Distribuidora y Comercializadora No ( EDN), down 4.5% and Clean Energy Fuels Corporation ( CLNE), down 4.2%.

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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