5 Utilities Stocks Investors are Buying Now

Through early trading, these stocks are helping the Utilities (NYSE:XLU) sector despite most stocks remaining flat. 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.

Edison International (NYSE:EIX) is one of the top price gainers. Its stock price is $36.26, which is 17 cents (+0.5%) above the previous close of $36.09. Through its subsidiaries, Edison International generates and distributes electric power and invests in infrastructure and energy assets, including renewable energy.

Stock Price Performance: From June 17, 2011, to September 13, 2011, the stock price had fallen $2.83 (-7.3%) from $38.92 to $36.09. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between March 16, 2011 and March 24, 2011 when shares rose for seven straight trading days, rising 3.5% (+$1.23). It saw one of its worst periods between July 22, 2011 and August 4, 2011 when shares fell for 10 straight trading days, falling 10.7% (-$4.18).

Shares of American Water Works Company, Inc. (NYSE:AWK) are trading at $29.19, up 36 cents (+1.3%) from the previous close of $28.83. 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 September 7, 2011, to September 13, 2011, the stock price had dropped 73 cents (-2.5%) from $29.56 to $28.83. 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).

SCANA Corporation (NYSE:SCG) is one of the top price gainers. Its stock price is $38.80, which is 12 cents (+0.3%) above the previous close of $38.68. SCANA Corporation is engaged in the generation and sale of electricity and in the purchase, sale and transportation of natural gas to its customers. It also conducts other energy-related businesses and provides fiber optic communications in South Carolina.

Stock Price Performance: From September 7, 2011, to September 13, 2011, the stock price had dropped 61 cents (-1.6%) from $39.29 to $38.68. 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 3.4% (+$1.31). It saw one of its worst periods between July 21, 2011 and August 2, 2011 when shares fell for nine straight trading days, falling 6.4% (-$2.58).

Shares of AGL Resources Inc. (NYSE:AGL) are trading at $40.20, up 24 cents (+0.6%) from the previous close of $39.96. AGL Resources, Inc. is an energy services holding company, which is in the business of distribution of natural gas in six states – Florida, Georgia, Maryland, New Jersey, Tennessee and Virginia.

Stock Price Performance: From June 17, 2011, to September 13, 2011, the stock price had risen 97 cents (2.5%) from $38.99 to $39.96. It saw one of its worst periods between July 21, 2011 and July 29, 2011 when shares fell for seven straight trading days, falling 3.2% (-$1.33). The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between June 23, 2011 and July 7, 2011 when shares rose for 10 straight trading days, rising 6.6% (+$2.57).

Aqua America, Inc. (NYSE:WTR) is one of the top price gainers. Its stock price is $21.34, which is 12 cents (+0.6%) above the previous close of $21.22. Aqua America, Inc. provides water or wastewater services to approximately three million people in Pennsylvania, Ohio, North Carolina, Illinois, Texas, New Jersey, New York, Florida, Indiana, Virginia, Maine, Missouri, South Carolina, and Georgia.

Stock Price Performance: From August 15, 2011, to September 13, 2011, the stock price had dropped 77 cents (-3.5%) from $21.99 to $21.22. It saw one of its worst periods between July 21, 2011 and July 29, 2011 when shares fell for seven straight trading days, falling 5.6% (-$1.24). The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between November 16, 2010 and November 26, 2010 when shares rose for eight straight trading days, rising 4.9% (+99 cents).