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FirstEnergy ( FE) pushed the Utilities sector higher today making it today's featured utilities winner. The sector as a whole closed the day down 0.4%. By the end of trading, FirstEnergy rose $0.44 (1.4%) to $31.06 on average volume. Throughout the day, 4,351,345 shares of FirstEnergy exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4,198,400 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $30.59-$31.18 after having opened the day at $30.62 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $30.62. Other companies within the Utilities sector that increased today were: Fuelcell Energy ( FCEL), up 15.5%, Ocean Power Technologies ( OPTT), up 13.2%, Suburban Propane Partners ( SPH), up 2.4% and Just Energy Group ( JE), up 1.8%.

FirstEnergy Corp., a diversified energy holding company, engages in the generation, transmission, and distribution of electricity in the United States. The company operates in Regulated Distribution, Regulated Transmission, and Competitive Energy Services segments. FirstEnergy has a market cap of $12.8 billion and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are down 7.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 2 analysts that rate FirstEnergy a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 10 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates FirstEnergy as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, increase in net income 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, generally higher debt management risk and disappointing return on equity.

On the negative front, ForceField Energy ( FNRG), down 6.8%, South Jersey Industries ( SJI), down 4.2%, GreenHunter Resources ( GRH), down 3.7% and SJW Corporation ( SJW), down 2.9% , were all laggards within the utilities sector with EQT ( EQT) 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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