The AES Corporation (AES): Today's Featured Utilities Winner

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AES Corporation ( AES) pushed the Utilities sector higher today making it today's featured utilities winner. The sector as a whole closed the day down 0.5%. By the end of trading, AES Corporation rose $0.21 (1.5%) to $13.86 on average volume. Throughout the day, 7,865,186 shares of AES Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6,402,400 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $13.55-$13.94 after having opened the day at $13.58 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $13.65. Other companies within the Utilities sector that increased today were: Fuelcell Energy ( FCEL), up 11.3%, Clean Energy Fuels Corporation ( CLNE), up 4.9%, Niska Gas Storage Partners ( NKA), up 3.9% and Pattern Energy Group ( PEGI), up 3.1%.

The AES Corporation operates as a diversified power generation and utility company. It owns and/or operates power plants to generate and sell power to customers, such as utilities, industrial users, and other intermediaries. AES Corporation has a market cap of $10.0 billion and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are down 5.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate AES Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates AES Corporation as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in stock price during the past year and notable return on equity. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including unimpressive growth in net income, generally higher debt management risk and poor profit margins.

On the negative front, UIL Holdings Corporation ( UIL), down 4.5%, Siemens ( SI), down 3.9%, Ocean Power Technologies ( OPTT), down 3.7% and Cosan ( CZZ), down 2.7% , were all laggards within the utilities sector with Duke Energy Corporation ( DUK) being today's utilities sector laggard.

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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