5 Utilities Stocks Investors Like Mid-Day: NEE, PCG, SRE, ITC, TEG

Through early trading on Friday, September 16, 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.

NextEra Energy, Inc. (NYSE:NEE) is among the top price gainers in the sector. Its shares are trading at $55.17, up 84 cents (+1.5%) from the previous close of $54.34. NextEra Energy provides electricity-related services through two operating subsidiaries, FPL and FPL Energy.

Stock Price Performance: From June 20, 2011, to September 14, 2011, the stock price had fallen $2.63 (-4.7%) from $56.48 to $53.85. 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).

PG &E Corporation (NYSE:PCG) is among the sector price gainers, as its shares are trading at $42.33, up 80 cents (+1.9%) from the previous close of $41.53. PG&E Corp. distributes electricity and natural gas, generates electricity, and procures natural gas through Pacific Gas and Electric Company.

Stock Price Performance: From September 9, 2011, to September 15, 2011, the stock price had risen 87 cents (2.1%) from $40.66 to $41.53. 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 3.6% (+$1.59). It saw one of its worst periods between May 31, 2011 and June 8, 2011 when shares fell for seven straight trading days, falling 3.4% (-$1.45).

Sempra Energy (NYSE:SRE) is among the top price gainers in the sector. Its shares are trading at $53.17, up 91 cents (+1.7%) from the previous close of $52.26. Sempra Energy is an energy services holding company. With its subsidiaries, the company provides electric, natural gas and other energy-rated products and services worldwide. It also focuses on developing energy infrastructure and operating utilities. .

Stock Price Performance: From August 17, 2011, to September 15, 2011, the stock price had risen $2.31 (4.6%) from $49.95 to $52.26. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between December 21, 2010 and December 31, 2010 when shares rose for eight straight trading days, rising 1.1% (+57 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 6.1% (-$3.20).

ITC Holdings Corp. (NYSE:ITC) is among the sector price gainers, as its shares are trading at $76.87, up $1.03 (+1.4%) from the previous close of $75.84. ITC Holdings Corporation is engaged in the transmission of electricity in the United States. Its business consists of the operations of its Regulated Operating Subsidiaries, ITC Transmission, METC and ITC midwest.

Stock Price Performance: From June 21, 2011, to September 15, 2011, the stock price had risen $5.52 (7.8%) from $70.32 to $75.84. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between December 30, 2010 and January 11, 2011 when shares rose for nine straight trading days, rising 5.4% (+$3.31). It saw one of its worst periods between July 22, 2011 and July 29, 2011 when shares fell for six straight trading days, falling 2.8% (-$1.98).

Integrys Energy Group, Inc. (NYSE:TEG) is among the top price gainers in the sector. Its shares are trading at $50.14, up 67 cents (+1.4%) from the previous close of $49.47. Integrys Energy Group is a holding company whose subsidiaries provide products and services in energy markets.

Stock Price Performance: From September 9, 2011, to September 15, 2011, the stock price had risen $2.25 (4.8%) from $47.22 to $49.47. It saw one of its worst periods between July 21, 2011 and July 29, 2011 when shares fell for seven straight trading days, falling 4.5% (-$2.31). 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 5.1% (+$2.50).