4 Utilities Stocks Getting Drop Kicked in a Strong Market

These stocks are part of a group of only 4% of stocks in the Utilities (NYSE:XLU) sector that are in the red. 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.

Southern Company (NYSE:SO) is one of the sector losers in price. Its shares are trading at $41.16, down 8 cents (-0.2%) from the previous close of $41.24. Southern Company through its operating companies, provides electric service in four Southeastern states.

Stock Price Performance: From August 8, 2011, to September 6, 2011, the stock price had risen $2.91 (7.6%) from $38.33 to $41.24. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between April 25, 2011 and May 4, 2011 when shares rose for eight straight trading days, rising 3.9% (+$1.45). It saw one of its worst periods between May 19, 2011 and May 27, 2011 when shares fell for seven straight trading days, falling 2.5% (-$1.01).

NextEra Energy, Inc. (NYSE:NEE) is among the price losers in the sector as its stock price is $54.65, down 46 cents (-0.7%) from the previous close of $55.05. NextEra Energy provides electricity-related services through two operating subsidiaries, FPL and FPL Energy.

Stock Price Performance: From August 8, 2011, to September 6, 2011, the stock price had risen $5.38 (10.8%) from $49.67 to $55.05. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between March 28, 2011 and April 6, 2011 when shares rose for eight straight trading days, rising 5.2% (+$2.74). It saw one of its worst periods between November 4, 2010 and November 17, 2010 when shares fell for 10 straight trading days, falling 5.1% (-$2.69).

PPL Corporation (NYSE:PPL) is among the price losers in the sector. Its shares are trading at $28.30, which is 2 cents (-0.3%) below the previous close of $28.40. 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 August 5, 2011, to September 2, 2011, the stock price had risen $1.98 (7.5%) from $26.56 to $28.54. 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% (+$1.10). It saw one of its worst periods between November 8, 2010 and November 16, 2010 when shares fell for seven straight trading days, falling 4.7% (-$1.21).

Consolidated Edison Inc. (NYSE:ED) stocks are trading at $55.78. This is 0 cents (-0%) below the previous close of $55.78, making the company one of the biggest price losers in the sector today. Consolidated Edison Inc. provides electric, gas, and steam utility services to customers through its subsidiaries.

Stock Price Performance: From August 8, 2011, to September 6, 2011, the stock price had risen $5.93 (11.9%) from $49.85 to $55.78. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between April 21, 2011 and May 4, 2011 when shares rose for nine straight trading days, rising 4.6% (+$2.26). It saw one of its worst periods between July 21, 2011 and July 29, 2011 when shares fell for seven straight trading days, falling 2.5% (-$1.35).

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