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

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Exelon ( EXC) pushed the Utilities sector lower today making it today's featured Utilities laggard. The sector as a whole closed the day down 0.8%. By the end of trading, Exelon fell $0.71 (-2.5%) to $27.22 on average volume. Throughout the day, 8,962,547 shares of Exelon exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 7,807,900 shares. The stock ranged in price between $27.12-$27.76 after having opened the day at $27.74 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $27.93. Other companies within the Utilities sector that declined today were: Empresa Distribuidora y Comercializadora No ( EDN), down 14.9%, Fuelcell Energy ( FCEL), down 4.0%, SJW Corporation ( SJW), down 4.0% and Atlantic Power Corporation ( AT), down 3.7%.

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 $23.8 billion and is part of the utilities industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 14.8, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 6.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are no analysts that rate Exelon a buy, 3 analysts rate it a sell, and 11 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 positive front, GreenHunter Resources ( GRH), up 5.1%, American Midstream Partners ( AMID), up 3.8%, EQT ( EQT), up 3.1% and Middlesex Water Company ( MSEX), up 3.1% , were all gainers within the utilities sector with NRG Energy ( NRG) 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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