3. As of noon trading, PPL ( PPL) is up $0.34 (1.1%) to $31.67 on light volume. Thus far, 1.5 million shares of PPL exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $31.24-$31.70 after having opened the day at $31.25 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $31.33.

PPL Corporation, an energy and utility holding company, engages in the generation, transmission, distribution, and sale of electricity to wholesale and retail customers in the United States and the United Kingdom. The company operates in four segments: Kentucky Regulated, U.K. PPL has a market cap of $18.5 billion and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are up 9.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate PPL a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 9 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates PPL as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its expanding profit margins, increase in stock price during the past year, attractive valuation levels and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat weak growth in earnings per share. Get the full PPL Ratings Report now.

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