Exelon Corp (EXC): Today's Featured Utilities Winner

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Exelon ( EXC) pushed the Utilities sector higher today making it today's featured utilities winner. The sector as a whole was unchanged today. By the end of trading, Exelon rose $0.51 (1.9%) to $27.41 on average volume. Throughout the day, 7,197,468 shares of Exelon exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 7,289,400 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $26.74-$27.42 after having opened the day at $26.78 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $26.90. Other companies within the Utilities sector that increased today were: Ocean Power Technologies ( OPTT), up 8.2%, ONEOK ( OKE), up 3.9%, AES ( AES), up 2.8% and SJW Corporation ( SJW), up 2.7%.

Exelon Corporation, a utility services holding company, engages in the energy generation and distribution business in the United States. Exelon has a market cap of $23.1 billion and is part of the utilities industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 14.4, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 9.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are no analysts that rate Exelon a buy, 3 analysts rate it a sell, and 12 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Exelon as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its compelling growth in net income, attractive valuation levels and good cash flow from operations. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself and poor profit margins.

On the negative front, Empresa Distribuidora y Comercializadora No ( EDN), down 5.2%, Transportadora de Gas del Sur ( TGS), down 4.2%, Niska Gas Storage Partners ( NKA), down 3.1% and Companhia De Saneamento Basico Do Estado De ( SBS), down 3.0% , were all laggards within the utilities sector with Siemens ( SI) being today's utilities sector laggard.

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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