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Pepco Holdings ( POM) 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, Pepco Holdings rose $0.21 (1.0%) to $20.74 on average volume. Throughout the day, 3,221,745 shares of Pepco Holdings exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2,170,400 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $20.53-$20.92 after having opened the day at $20.55 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $20.53. Other companies within the Utilities sector that increased today were: U.S. Geothermal ( HTM), up 7.7%, Empresa Distribuidora y Comercializadora No ( EDN), up 7.4%, Energy Company of Minas Gerais ( CIG), up 3.3% and Centrais Eletricas Brasileiras ( EBR), up 3.1%.

Pepco Holdings, Inc., through its subsidiaries, is engaged in the transmission, distribution, and supply of electricity. The company also distributes and supplies natural gas. Pepco Holdings has a market cap of $5.1 billion and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are up 7.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there is 1 analyst that rates Pepco Holdings a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 10 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Pepco Holdings as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, good cash flow from operations, growth in earnings per share and increase in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself.

On the negative front, Fuelcell Energy ( FCEL), down 5.4%, Ocean Power Technologies ( OPTT), down 5.2%, American DG Energy ( ADGE), down 2.8% and Pure Cycle Corporation ( PCYO), down 2.5% , were all laggards within the utilities sector with NextEra Energy ( NEE) 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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