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FirstEnergy ( FE) pushed the Utilities sector lower today making it today's featured Utilities laggard. The sector as a whole closed the day up 0.1%. By the end of trading, FirstEnergy fell $0.46 (-1.3%) to $33.75 on average volume. Throughout the day, 3,813,019 shares of FirstEnergy exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3,769,400 shares. The stock ranged in price between $33.45-$34.28 after having opened the day at $34.28 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $34.21. Other companies within the Utilities sector that declined today were: Centrais Eletricas Brasileiras ( EBR), down 6.0%, Centrais Eletricas Brasileiras ( EBR.B), down 5.4%, Energy Company of Parana ( ELP), down 2.7% and Energy Company of Minas Gerais ( CIG), down 2.1%.

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 $14.1 billion and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are up 3.7% 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 positive front, Empresa Distribuidora y Comercializadora No ( EDN), up 7.2%, U.S. Geothermal ( HTM), up 5.0%, Korea Electric Power ( KEP), up 4.9% and Fuelcell Energy ( FCEL), up 4.2% , were all gainers within the utilities sector with EQT ( EQT) being today's featured utilities sector leader.

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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