Traders are Buying These Utilities Stocks the Morning of Monday, August 22, 2011

Through morning trading, these stocks are helping the Utilities (NYSE:XLU) sector. 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.

Public Service Enterprise Group Inc. (NYSE:PEG) is one of the top price gainers today. Its stock price is $32.00, which is 38 cents (+1.2%) above the previous close of $31.62. Public Service Enterprise Group Inc. primarily operates as a wholesale energy supply company with nuclear, coal, gas, and oil-fired generation facilities.

Stock Price Performance: During May 25, 2011 to August 19, 2011, the stock price had fallen $1.47 (-4.4%) from $33.09 to $31.62. 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 5% (+$1.52) over that span. It saw one of its worst periods between July 26, 2011 and August 4, 2011 when shares fell for eight-straight days, falling 9.1% (-$3.02) over that span.

Shares of American Water Works Company, Inc. (NYSE:AWK) are trading at $27.61, up 38 cents (+1.4%) from a previous close of $27.23. 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: During May 25, 2011 to August 19, 2011, the stock price had fallen $2.29 (-7.8%) from $29.52 to $27.23. It saw one of its worst periods between May 31, 2011 and June 7, 2011 when shares fell for six-straight days, falling 4.2% (-$1.25) over that span. 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 days, rising 4.3% (+$1.22) over that span.

NSTAR (NYSE:NST) is one of the top price gainers today. Its stock price is $42.39, which is 51 cents (+1.2%) above the previous close of $41.88. Nstar is a holding Company, which is engaged through its subsidiaries in the energy delivery business serving approximately 1.4 million customers in Massachusetts.

Stock Price Performance: During July 22, 2011 to August 19, 2011, the stock price had dropped $4.06 (-8.8%) from $45.94 to $41.88. It saw one of its worst periods between April 5, 2011 and April 14, 2011 when shares fell for eight-straight days, falling 5.7% (-$2.65) over that span. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between April 18, 2011 and May 2, 2011 when shares rose for 10-straight days, rising 6.1% (+$2.66) over that span.

Aqua America, Inc. (NYSE:WTR) is among the top price gainers in the sector today. Its shares are trading at $21.19, up 29 cents (+1.4%) from a previous close of $20.90. 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: During July 22, 2011 to August 19, 2011, the stock price had dropped $1.18 (-5.3%) from $22.08 to $20.90. It saw one of its worst periods between July 21, 2011 and July 29, 2011 when shares fell for seven-straight days, falling 5.6% (-$1.24) over that span. 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 days, rising 4.9% (+99 cents) over that span.

Shares of Piedmont Natural Gas Co Inc. (NYSE:PNY) are trading at $28.35, up 34 cents (+1.2%) from a previous close of $28.01. An energy services company whose principal business is the distribution of natural gas to residential, commercial, industrial and power generation customers in portions of North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee.

Stock Price Performance: During May 25, 2011 to August 19, 2011, the stock price had fallen $2.64 (-8.6%) from $30.65 to $28.01. It saw one of its worst periods between July 21, 2011 and July 29, 2011 when shares fell for seven-straight days, falling 5.4% (-$1.67) over that span. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between April 18, 2011 and April 29, 2011 when shares rose for nine-straight days, rising 6.9% (+$2.04) over that span.