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 closed the day up 0.3%. By the end of trading, Exelon rose $0.64 (2.4%) to $27.41 on light volume. Throughout the day, 5,234,703 shares of Exelon exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 8,359,300 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $26.81-$27.44 after having opened the day at $26.87 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $26.77. Other companies within the Utilities sector that increased today were: U.S. Geothermal ( HTM), up 5.8%, TransAlta Corporation ( TAC), up 3.2%, ONEOK ( OKE), up 2.6% and FirstEnergy ( FE), up 2.6%.

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 $23.0 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 2.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are no analysts that rate Exelon a buy, 4 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 negative front, Centrais Eletricas Brasileiras ( EBR.B), down 6.4%, GreenHunter Resources ( GRH), down 3.2%, Empresa Distribuidora y Comercializadora No ( EDN), down 2.8% and Fuelcell Energy ( FCEL), down 2.4%.

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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