American Electric Power Co Inc (AEP): Today's Featured Utilities Laggard

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American Electric Power ( AEP) pushed the Utilities sector lower today making it today's featured Utilities laggard. The sector as a whole was unchanged today. By the end of trading, American Electric Power fell $0.52 (-1.1%) to $45.00 on light volume. Throughout the day, 2,520,714 shares of American Electric Power exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3,588,400 shares. The stock ranged in price between $44.97-$45.63 after having opened the day at $45.46 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $45.52. Other companies within the Utilities sector that declined today were: CorEnergy Infrastructure ( CORR), down 11.8%, Just Energy Group ( JE), down 4.2%, Entergy ( ETR), down 3.3% and Delta Natural Gas Company ( DGAS), down 2.7%.

American Electric Power Company, Inc., a public utility holding company, engages in the generation, transmission, and distribution of electric power to retail customers. The company generates electricity using coal and lignite, natural gas, nuclear energy, and hydroelectric energy. American Electric Power has a market cap of $22.1 billion and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are up 6.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate American Electric Power a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 9 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates American Electric Power as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, increase in stock price during the past year and reasonable valuation levels. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

On the positive front, Beacon Power ( BCON), up 37.5%, China Hydroelectric Corporation ( CHC), up 4.8%, Fuelcell Energy ( FCEL), up 4.2% and American DG Energy ( ADGE), up 4.2% , were all gainers within the utilities sector with American Water Works ( AWK) 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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