NRG Energy Inc (NRG): Today's Featured Utilities Winner

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NRG Energy ( NRG) pushed the Utilities sector higher today making it today's featured utilities winner. The sector as a whole closed the day up 0.4%. By the end of trading, NRG Energy rose $0.47 (1.5%) to $32.15 on average volume. Throughout the day, 4,802,904 shares of NRG Energy exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3,733,900 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $31.50-$32.20 after having opened the day at $31.84 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $31.68. Other companies within the Utilities sector that increased today were: Centrais Eletricas Brasileiras ( EBR.B), up 5.9%, Centrais Eletricas Brasileiras ( EBR), up 5.4%, Energy Company of Minas Gerais ( CIG), up 4.5% and Empresa Distribuidora y Comercializadora No ( EDN), up 4.2%.

NRG Energy, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, operates as a power and energy company. The company is engaged in the ownership and operation of power generation facilities. NRG Energy has a market cap of $10.3 billion and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are up 10.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate NRG Energy a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates NRG Energy as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, good cash flow from operations and solid stock price performance. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity and poor profit margins.

On the negative front, Hawaiian Electric Industries ( HE), down 4.0%, was a laggard within the utilities sector with PPL ( PPL) being today's utilities sector Loser Spotlight stock.

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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