Edison International (EIX): Today's Featured Utilities Laggard

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Edison International ( EIX) pushed the Utilities sector lower today making it today's featured Utilities laggard. The sector as a whole closed the day down 0.4%. By the end of trading, Edison International fell $0.64 (-1.3%) to $48.44 on light volume. Throughout the day, 1,656,447 shares of Edison International exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2,597,300 shares. The stock ranged in price between $48.21-$48.86 after having opened the day at $48.82 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $49.08. Other companies within the Utilities sector that declined today were: GreenHunter Resources ( GRH), down 25.7%, American DG Energy ( ADGE), down 5.1%, Ocean Power Technologies ( OPTT), down 4.3% and Ellomay Capital ( ELLO), down 3.6%.

Edison International, through its subsidiaries, generates and distributes electric power. It also invests in transportation infrastructure and energy assets, including renewable energy in the Netherlands, Australia, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom. Edison International has a market cap of $16.1 billion and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are up 8.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 10 analysts that rate Edison International a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Edison International as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, good cash flow from operations, increase in stock price during the past year, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures 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 positive front, Consolidated Water Company ( CWCO), up 5.2%, Atlantic Power Corporation ( AT), up 4.9%, Empresa Distribuidora y Comercializadora No ( EDN), up 3.1% and Centrais Eletricas Brasileiras ( EBR.B), up 3.0%.

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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