4. As of noon trading, Xcel Energy ( XEL) is up $0.16 (0.6%) to $28.22 on light volume. Thus far, 1.3 million shares of Xcel Energy exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $28.00-$28.31 after having opened the day at $28.00 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $28.06.

Xcel Energy Inc., through its subsidiaries, engages in the generation, purchase, transmission, distribution, and sale of electricity in the United States. It operates through Regulated Electric Utility, Regulated Natural Gas Utility, and All Other segments. Xcel Energy has a market cap of $14.1 billion and is part of the utilities industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 14.7, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 6.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 2 analysts that rate Xcel Energy a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 12 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Xcel Energy as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, 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 generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated. Get the full Xcel Energy Ratings Report now.

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