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 0.7%. By the end of trading, Exelon rose $0.63 (2.2%) to $29.49 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 13,499,529 shares of Exelon exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 7,520,200 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $28.81-$29.88 after having opened the day at $28.81 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $28.86. Other companies within the Utilities sector that increased today were: Companhia De Saneamento Basico Do Estado De ( SBS), up 6.6%, Transportadora de Gas del Sur ( TGS), up 6.5%, RGC Resources ( RGCO), up 4.7% and Energy Company of Minas Gerais ( CIG), up 4.1%.

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 $24.8 billion and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are up 5.4% 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 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, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and growth in earnings per share. 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, GreenHunter Resources ( GRH), down 5.4%, Cadiz ( CDZI), down 3.4%, Atlantic Power Corporation ( AT), down 2.2% and Niska Gas Storage Partners ( NKA), down 1.8%.

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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