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 0.6%. By the end of trading, Exelon fell $0.38 (-1.2%) to $30.25 on light volume. Throughout the day, 4,754,985 shares of Exelon exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6,726,300 shares. The stock ranged in price between $30.11-$30.62 after having opened the day at $30.54 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $30.63. Other companies within the Utilities sector that declined today were: Otter Tail Corporation ( OTTR), down 6.3%, Atlantic Power Corporation ( AT), down 5.6%, Beacon Power ( BCON), down 3.3% and Centrais Eletricas Brasileiras ( EBR), down 3.0%.

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 $26.2 billion and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are up 3.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate Exelon a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 14 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Exelon as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in net income, 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 a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself, disappointing return on equity and weak operating cash flow.

On the positive front, American DG Energy ( ADGE), up 4.2%, U.S. Geothermal ( HTM), up 3.3%, PVR Partners ( PVR), up 2.9% and Suburban Propane Partners ( SPH), up 2.5% , were all gainers within the utilities sector with FirstEnergy ( FE) being today's featured utilities sector leader.

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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