5 High Volume Utilities Stocks

Through early afternoon trading on Thursday, August 11, 2011, these stocks are very active in the Utilities (NYSE:IDU) sector.

Shares of Southern Company (NYSE:SO) are among the most actively traded stocks in the market today. 5.7 million shares are being traded at $39.21, making up a dollar volume of $225 million.

Stock Price Performance: During May 13, 2011 to August 9, 2011, the stock price had fallen $1.70 (-4.2%) from $40.01 to $38.31. 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 days, rising 3.9% (+$1.45) over that span. It saw one of its worst periods between May 19, 2011 and May 27, 2011 when shares fell for seven-straight days, falling 2.5% (-$1.01) over that span.

Shares of Exelon Corporation (NYSE:EXC) are among the most actively traded stocks in the market today. They have a dollar volume of $216.6 million, with a current price of $40.84 and 5.3 million shares being traded.

Stock Price Performance: During August 3, 2011 to August 9, 2011, the stock price had dropped $2.15 (-4.9%) from $43.54 to $41.39. 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 days, rising 4.9% (+$2.03) over that span. It saw one of its worst periods between October 20, 2010 and October 27, 2010 when shares fell for six-straight days, falling 7.6% (-$3.23) over that span.

Shares of PPL Corporation (NYSE:PPL) have a dollar volume today of $189.8 million, sitting at a current price of $25.79 with 7.4 million shares traded.

Stock Price Performance: During July 13, 2011 to August 10, 2011, the stock price had dropped $2.25 (-8.1%) from $27.87 to $25.62. 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 days, rising 4.5% (+$1.10) over that span. It saw one of its worst periods between November 8, 2010 and November 16, 2010 when shares fell for seven-straight days, falling 4.7% (-$1.21) over that span.

Shares of El Paso Corporation (NYSE:EP) are among the most actively traded stocks in the market today. There are 9.8 million shares trading hands at $18.86, making up a dollar volume of $185.4 million.

Stock Price Performance: During August 3, 2011 to August 9, 2011, the stock price had dropped $1.25 (-6.4%) from $19.49 to $18.24. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between June 24, 2011 and July 5, 2011 when shares rose for seven-straight days, rising 5.2% (+$1.02) over that span. It saw one of its worst periods between July 27, 2011 and August 4, 2011 when shares fell for seven-straight days, falling 15.3% (-$3.21) over that span.

Shares of Duke Energy Corporation (NYSE:DUK) are among the most actively traded stocks in the market today. 9.4 million shares are being traded at $17.76, making up a dollar volume of $167.8 million.

Stock Price Performance: During July 12, 2011 to August 9, 2011, the stock price had dropped $1.26 (-6.6%) from $19.12 to $17.86. It saw one of its worst periods between November 4, 2010 and November 17, 2010 when shares fell for 10-straight days, falling 3.8% (-68 cents) over that span. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between October 13, 2010 and October 21, 2010 when shares rose for seven-straight days, rising 1.5% (+25 cents) over that span.

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