Exelon Corp (EXC): Today's Featured Utilities Laggard

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Exelon ( EXC) pushed the Utilities sector lower today making it today's featured Utilities laggard. The sector as a whole closed the day down 0.2%. By the end of trading, Exelon fell $0.47 (-1.6%) to $29.81 on average volume. Throughout the day, 7,053,803 shares of Exelon exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 7,400,300 shares. The stock ranged in price between $29.61-$30.39 after having opened the day at $30.20 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $30.28. Other companies within the Utilities sector that declined today were: Southcross Energy Partners ( SXE), down 5.1%, Fuelcell Energy ( FCEL), down 4.5%, Ocean Power Technologies ( OPTT), down 4.2% and Niska Gas Storage Partners ( NKA), down 2.2%.

Exelon Corporation, a utility services holding company, is engaged in the energy generation business in the United States. It operates through nine segments: Mid-Atlantic, Midwest, New England, New York, ERCOT, Other Regions, ComEd, PECO, and BGE. Exelon has a market cap of $26.1 billion and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are up 11.0% 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 buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its impressive record of earnings per share growth, attractive valuation levels, good cash flow from operations, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself.

On the positive front, ForceField Energy ( FNRG), up 6.2%, Atlantic Power Corporation ( AT), up 4.8%, Energy Company of Parana ( ELP), up 4.6% and Cosan ( CZZ), up 3.2%.

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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