Xcel Energy Inc (XEL): Today's Featured Utilities Winner

Xcel Energy ( XEL) pushed the Utilities sector higher today making it today's featured utilities winner. The sector as a whole closed the day up 0.9%. By the end of trading, Xcel Energy rose $0.29 (1.0%) to $28.85 on light volume. Throughout the day, 2,537,904 shares of Xcel Energy exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3,484,200 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $28.54-$28.92 after having opened the day at $28.74 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $28.56. Other companies within the Utilities sector that increased today were: U.S. Geothermal ( HTM), up 11.2%, GreenHunter Resources ( GRH), up 11.1%, Beacon Power ( BCON), up 10.0% and Energy Company of Parana ( ELP), up 7.2%.

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 $14.0 billion and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are up 6.9% 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 impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, revenue growth, good cash flow from operations and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself.

On the negative front, AmeriGas Partners ( APU), down 5.6%, Fuelcell Energy ( FCEL), down 4.3%, China Hydroelectric Corporation ( CHC), down 3.6% and American Midstream Partners ( AMID), down 3.1%.

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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