Dominion Resources Inc (D): Today's Featured Utilities Winner

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Dominion Resources ( D) pushed the Utilities sector higher today making it today's featured utilities winner. The sector as a whole closed the day up 0.7%. By the end of trading, Dominion Resources rose $1.10 (1.9%) to $58.86 on average volume. Throughout the day, 2,616,124 shares of Dominion Resources exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2,930,900 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $57.61-$58.99 after having opened the day at $57.77 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $57.76. Other companies within the Utilities sector that increased today were: American DG Energy ( ADGE), up 5.9%, China Hydroelectric Corporation ( CHC), up 5.3%, Centrais Eletricas Brasileiras ( EBR), up 4.3% and Energy Company of Minas Gerais ( CIG), up 3.9%.

Dominion Resources, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, engages in producing and transporting energy in the United States. The company operates through three segments: Dominion Virginia Power (DVP), Dominion Generation, and Dominion Energy. Dominion Resources has a market cap of $33.2 billion and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are up 10.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate Dominion Resources a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 9 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Dominion Resources as a buy. The company's strongest point has been its a solid financial position based on a variety of debt and liquidity measures that we have looked at. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

On the negative front, Empresa Distribuidora y Comercializadora No ( EDN), down 6.8%, Cadiz ( CDZI), down 3.9%, U.S. Geothermal ( HTM), down 2.5% and Huaneng Power International ( HNP), down 1.9%.

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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