Duke Energy Corporation (DUK): Today's Featured Utilities Winner

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Duke Energy Corporation ( DUK) pushed the Utilities sector higher today making it today's featured utilities winner. The sector as a whole closed the day up 0.4%. By the end of trading, Duke Energy Corporation rose $0.65 (1.0%) to $65.45 on average volume. Throughout the day, 2,636,430 shares of Duke Energy Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2,946,600 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $65.05-$65.77 after having opened the day at $65.07 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $64.80. Other companies within the Utilities sector that increased today were: Cadiz ( CDZI), up 5.1%, Companhia De Saneamento Basico Do Estado De ( SBS), up 3.9%, Centrais Eletricas Brasileiras ( EBR), up 3.8% and Enersis ( ENI), up 3.6%.

Duke Energy Corporation operates as an energy company in the United States and Latin America. The company operates in three segments: U.S. Franchised Electric and Gas, Commercial Power, and International Energy. The U.S. Duke Energy Corporation has a market cap of $45.7 billion and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are up 1.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate Duke Energy Corporation a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 9 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Duke Energy Corporation as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, good cash flow from operations and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

On the negative front, American DG Energy ( ADGE), down 4.0%, Fuelcell Energy ( FCEL), down 3.7%, Southcross Energy Partners ( SXE), down 3.3% and Huaneng Power International ( HNP), down 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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