EQT Corp (EQT): Today's Featured Utilities Winner

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EQT ( EQT) pushed the Utilities sector higher today making it today's featured utilities winner. The sector as a whole closed the day down 0.9%. By the end of trading, EQT rose $0.78 (1.0%) to $76.18 on average volume. Throughout the day, 1,512,269 shares of EQT exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,528,300 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $74.94-$76.34 after having opened the day at $76.32 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $75.40. Other companies within the Utilities sector that increased today were: Ocean Power Technologies ( OPTT), up 33.8%, Atlantic Power Corporation ( AT), up 14.3%, GreenHunter Energy ( GRH), up 7.0% and Ellomay Capital ( ELLO), up 4.4%.
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EQT Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, operates as an integrated energy company in the United States. It operates in three segments: EQT Production, EQT Midstream, and Distribution. EQT has a market cap of $11.4 billion and is part of the utilities industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 54.1, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 27.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 8 analysts that rate EQT a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates EQT as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, expanding profit margins, good cash flow from operations, increase in net income and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity.

On the negative front, U.S. Geothermal ( HTM), down 8.7%, Empresa Distribuidora y Comercializadora No ( EDN), down 7.1%, Korea Electric Power ( KEP), down 5.5% and AES ( AES), down 4.9% , were all laggards within the utilities sector with Southern ( SO) 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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