NRG Energy Inc (NRG): Today's Featured Utilities Winner

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NRG Energy ( NRG) pushed the Utilities sector higher today making it today's featured utilities winner. The sector as a whole closed the day up 0.1%. By the end of trading, NRG Energy rose $0.51 (1.9%) to $26.90 on average volume. Throughout the day, 4,187,574 shares of NRG Energy exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3,519,600 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $26.41-$27.07 after having opened the day at $26.41 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $26.39. Other companies within the Utilities sector that increased today were: American DG Energy ( ADGE), up 8.4%, Centrais Eletricas Brasileiras ( EBR), up 7.8%, Centrais Eletricas Brasileiras ( EBR.B), up 5.8% and Korea Electric Power ( KEP), up 4.8%.

NRG Energy, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, operates as an integrated wholesale power generation and retail electricity company. The company engages in the ownership, development, construction, expansion, modification, refurbishment, and operation of power generation facilities. NRG Energy has a market cap of $8.5 billion and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are up 14.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 8 analysts that rate NRG Energy a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates NRG Energy as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, reasonable valuation levels and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

On the negative front, Beacon Power ( BCON), down 24.8%, CorEnergy Infrastructure ( CORR), down 10.3%, China Hydroelectric Corporation ( CHC), down 8.7% and Aqua America ( WTR), down 5.1%.

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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