Big Utilities Stocks Attracting Investor Interest

These stocks are very active in the Utilities (NYSE:IDU) sector August 8th:

Shares of El Paso Corporation (NYSE:EP) are among the most actively traded stocks in the market today. They have a dollar volume of $735.4 million, with a current price of $16.94 and 43.4 million shares being traded.

Stock Price Performance: During August 1, 2011 to August 5, 2011, the stock price had dropped $2.61 (-12.7%) from $20.54 to $17.93. 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.

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Shares of Southern Company (NYSE:SO) have a dollar volume today of $565.9 million, sitting at a current price of $38.33 with 14.8 million shares traded.

Stock Price Performance: During June 9, 2011 to August 5, 2011, the stock price had risen 81 cents (2.1%) from $39.06 to $39.87. 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. 11.5 million shares are being traded at $39.94, making up a dollar volume of $458.3 million.

Stock Price Performance: During August 1, 2011 to August 5, 2011, the stock price had dropped $2.35 (-5.3%) from $44.33 to $41.98. 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 Duke Energy Corporation (NYSE:DUK) are among the most actively traded stocks in the market today. They have a dollar volume of $370.9 million, with a current price of $17.27 and 21.5 million shares being traded.

Stock Price Performance: During July 8, 2011 to August 5, 2011, the stock price had dropped 97 cents (-5.1%) from $19.09 to $18.12. 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. 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.

Shares of Dominion Resources, Inc. (NYSE:D) are among the most actively traded stocks in the market today. There are 6.9 million shares trading hands at $45.94, making up a dollar volume of $314.7 million.

Stock Price Performance: During May 11, 2011 to August 5, 2011, the stock price had risen $1.43 (3%) from $47.16 to $48.59. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between April 18, 2011 and May 4, 2011 when shares rose for 12-straight days, rising 6.6% (+$2.89) over that span. It saw one of its worst periods between July 21, 2011 and July 29, 2011 when shares fell for seven-straight days, falling 3.1% (-$1.55) over that span.

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