PG&E Corp (PCG): Today's Featured Utilities Laggard

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PG&E ( PCG) pushed the Utilities sector lower today making it today's featured Utilities laggard. The sector as a whole closed the day up 0.9%. By the end of trading, PG&E fell $0.61 (-1.4%) to $41.43 on average volume. Throughout the day, 3,376,352 shares of PG&E exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2,836,300 shares. The stock ranged in price between $41.40-$42.24 after having opened the day at $41.97 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $42.04. Other companies within the Utilities sector that declined today were: U.S. Geothermal ( HTM), down 5.0% and Empresa Distribuidora y Comercializadora No ( EDN), down 1.6%.

PG&E Corporation, through its subsidiary, Pacific Gas and Electric Company, operates as a public utility company in northern and central California. PG&E has a market cap of $19.0 billion and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are up 4.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate PG&E a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates PG&E as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, compelling growth in net income, reasonable valuation levels, impressive record of earnings per share growth and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins.

On the positive front, Pure Cycle Corporation ( PCYO), up 6.0%, Cadiz ( CDZI), up 5.4%, GreenHunter Resources ( GRH), up 5.4% and Consolidated Water Company ( CWCO), up 3.3% , were all gainers within the utilities sector with Exelon ( EXC) 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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