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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 up 0.1%. By the end of trading, FirstEnergy rose $0.53 (1.6%) to $34.08 on average volume. Throughout the day, 3,659,441 shares of FirstEnergy exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3,923,400 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $33.43-$34.08 after having opened the day at $33.49 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $33.55. Other companies within the Utilities sector that increased today were: Clean Energy Fuels Corporation ( CLNE), up 3.6%, Ormat Technologies ( ORA), up 3.3%, CPFL Energy ( CPL), up 3.1% and ForceField Energy ( FNRG), up 2.8%.

FirstEnergy Corp., a diversified energy company, generates, transmits, and distributes electricity in the United States. The company operates through Regulated Distribution, Regulated Transmission, and Competitive Energy Services segments. FirstEnergy has a market cap of $13.9 billion and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are up 1.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. 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, Fuelcell Energy ( FCEL), down 5.4%, U.S. Geothermal ( HTM), down 4.0%, Delta Natural Gas Company ( DGAS), down 3.5% and Empresa Distribuidora y Comercializadora No ( EDN), down 3.2% , were all laggards within the utilities sector with PG&E ( PCG) 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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