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 up 0.3%. By the end of trading, Exelon fell $0.55 (-2.0%) to $26.62 on average volume. Throughout the day, 10,044,517 shares of Exelon exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 8,320,200 shares. The stock ranged in price between $26.45-$26.97 after having opened the day at $26.90 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $27.17. Other companies within the Utilities sector that declined today were: American DG Energy ( ADGE), down 2.6%, NRG Yield ( NYLD), down 2.0%, RGC Resources ( RGCO), down 1.9% and Atlas Energy ( ATLS), down 1.6%.

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 $23.5 billion and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are down 0.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are no analysts that rate Exelon a buy, 3 analysts rate it a sell, and 10 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, Fuelcell Energy ( FCEL), up 17.4%, Empresa Distribuidora y Comercializadora No ( EDN), up 14.8%, Centrais Eletricas Brasileiras ( EBR), up 5.4% and Pure Cycle Corporation ( PCYO), up 2.7%.

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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