5 Stocks on the Rise in the Utilities Sector: EXC, PPL, ETR, AWK, NVE

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Through early trading on Tuesday, September 20, 2011, these stocks are helping the Utilities (NYSE:XLU) sector today. Long time Wall St. Cheat Sheet readers know to watch stock prices because Technicals on the Stock Chart are Strong’ is one of the ‘T’s in our CHEAT SHEET investing framework.

Shares of Exelon Corporation (NYSE:EXC) are trading at $44.12, up 81 cents (+1.9%) from the previous close of $43.31. Exelon Corp. is a utility services holding company that distributes electricity and natural gas and is a major nuclear operator.

Stock Price Performance: From June 22, 2011, to September 16, 2011, the stock price had risen $2.45 (6%) from $40.98 to $43.43. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between June 23, 2011 and July 1, 2011 when shares rose for seven straight trading days, rising 4.9% (+$2.01). It saw one of its worst periods between October 20, 2010 and October 27, 2010 when shares fell for six straight trading days, falling 7.6% (-$3.19).

PPL Corporation (NYSE:PPL) is one of the top price gainers. Its stock price is $29.27, which is 59 cents (+2.1%) above the previous close of $28.68. PPL Corporation is an energy and utility holding company that generates and markets electricity in the northeastern and western U.S.

Stock Price Performance: From June 22, 2011, to September 16, 2011, the stock price had risen $1.96 (7.3%) from $26.84 to $28.80. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between December 15, 2010 and December 23, 2010 when shares rose for seven straight trading days, rising 4.5% (+$1.09). It saw one of its worst periods between November 8, 2010 and November 16, 2010 when shares fell for seven straight trading days, falling 4.6% (-$1.19).

Shares of Entergy Corporation (NYSE:ETR) are trading at $66.61, up $1.34 (+2.1%) from the previous close of $65.27. Entergy Corporation is an energy company involved in electric power production and retail electric distribution operations.

Stock Price Performance: From August 19, 2011, to September 19, 2011, the stock price had risen $3.39 (5.5%) from $61.88 to $65.27. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between April 18, 2011 and April 28, 2011 when shares rose for eight straight trading days, rising 6.1% (+$3.91). It saw one of its worst periods between July 25, 2011 and August 4, 2011 when shares fell for nine straight trading days, falling 9.1% (-$6.14).

American Water Works Company, Inc. (NYSE:AWK) is one of the top price gainers. Its stock price is $30.14, which is 64 cents (+2.2%) above the previous close of $29.50. American Water Works Co Inc provides water and wastewater services to residential, commercial and industrial customers in the United States and Canada.

Stock Price Performance: From August 19, 2011, to September 19, 2011, the stock price had risen $2.27 (8.3%) from $27.23 to $29.50. It saw one of its worst periods between May 31, 2011 and June 7, 2011 when shares fell for six straight trading days, falling 4.2% (-$1.25). The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between April 21, 2011 and May 3, 2011 when shares rose for eight straight trading days, rising 4.3% (+$1.22).

Shares of NV Energy, Inc. (NYSE:NVE) are trading at $14.88, up 35 cents (+2.4%) from the previous close of $14.53. NV Energy, Inc., is an investor-owned holding company. Its utilities operate three business segments: NPC electric, SPPC electric and SPPC natural gas.

Stock Price Performance: From September 12, 2011, to September 16, 2011, the stock price had risen 61 cents (4.3%) from $14.13 to $14.74. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between April 25, 2011 and May 3, 2011 when shares rose for seven straight trading days, rising 3.1% (+45 cents). It saw one of its worst periods between July 21, 2011 and August 2, 2011 when shares fell for nine straight trading days, falling 7.9% (-$1.22).

 

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