PPL Corp (PPL): Today's Featured Utilities Laggard

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PPL ( PPL) pushed the Utilities sector lower today making it today's featured Utilities laggard. The sector as a whole closed the day down 0.9%. By the end of trading, PPL fell $0.33 (-1.1%) to $30.55 on light volume. Throughout the day, 3,995,778 shares of PPL exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5,517,800 shares. The stock ranged in price between $30.45-$30.97 after having opened the day at $30.84 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $30.88. Other companies within the Utilities sector that declined today were: U.S. Geothermal ( HTM), down 3.9%, Energy Company of Parana ( ELP), down 3.5%, Energy Company of Minas Gerais ( CIG), down 3.2% and Summit Midstream Partners ( SMLP), down 2.8%.

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 $19.8 billion and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are up 7.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. 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 revenue growth, increase in net income, good cash flow from operations, increase in stock price during the past year and attractive valuation levels. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated.

On the positive front, Consolidated Water Company ( CWCO), up 3.0%, Companhia De Saneamento Basico Do Estado De ( SBS), up 2.1%, Huaneng Power International ( HNP), up 1.9% and American DG Energy ( ADGE), up 1.8%.

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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