Praxair Inc. (PX): Today's Featured Utilities Winner

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Praxair ( PX) pushed the Utilities sector higher today making it today's featured utilities winner. The sector as a whole closed the day up 0.8%. By the end of trading, Praxair rose $2.78 (2.2%) to $127.06 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 1,688,798 shares of Praxair exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,095,700 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $124.51-$127.17 after having opened the day at $125.09 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $124.28. Other companies within the Utilities sector that increased today were: Atlantic Power Corporation ( AT), up 5.9%, Korea Electric Power ( KEP), up 4.3%, Consolidated Water Company ( CWCO), up 4.0% and Empresa Nacional de Electricidad ( EOC), up 3.8%.

Praxair, Inc. engages in the production, distribution, and sale atmospheric and process gases, as well as surface coatings in North America, Europe, South America, and Asia. Praxair has a market cap of $36.1 billion and is part of the chemicals industry. Shares are down 4.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 9 analysts that rate Praxair a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Praxair as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its growth in earnings per share, revenue growth, expanding profit margins, good cash flow from operations and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated.

On the negative front, Clean Energy Fuels Corporation ( CLNE), down 3.9%, Delta Natural Gas Company ( DGAS), down 3.3%, Pure Cycle Corporation ( PCYO), down 2.3% and Empresa Distribuidora y Comercializadora No ( EDN), down 2.1%.

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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