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 1.0%. By the end of trading, Exelon rose $0.46 (1.6%) to $29.40 on average volume. Throughout the day, 9,690,753 shares of Exelon exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 7,377,900 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $28.85-$29.59 after having opened the day at $28.87 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $28.94. Other companies within the Utilities sector that increased today were: Atlantic Power Corporation ( AT), up 7.7%, Calpine ( CPN), up 4.3%, Otter Tail Corporation ( OTTR), up 3.3% and Pure Cycle Corporation ( PCYO), up 3.2%.

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 $25.3 billion and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are up 5.7% 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 impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income 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, Niska Gas Storage Partners ( NKA), down 12.2%, GreenHunter Resources ( GRH), down 2.8%, Transportadora de Gas del Sur ( TGS), down 2.3% and Companhia De Saneamento Basico Do Estado De ( SBS), down 2.2%.

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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