Utilities Stocks Attracting Investor Interest This Morning

Through the early part of trading on Thursday, September 8, 2011, these stocks are very active in the Utilities (NYSE:XLU) sector.

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Shares of Southern Company (NYSE:SO) have a dollar volume of $38.7 million based on a current price of $41.41(+5 cents) and 934,861 shares traded.

Stock Price Performance: From August 8, 2011, to September 6, 2011, the stock price had risen $2.91 (7.6%) from $38.33 to $41.24. 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 trading days, rising 3.9% (+$1.45). It saw one of its worst periods between May 19, 2011 and May 27, 2011 when shares fell for seven straight trading days, falling 2.5% (-$1.01).

Shares of Exelon Corporation (NYSE:EXC) are among the most actively traded stocks in the market. There are 883,987 shares trading hands at $43.01(+32 cents), making up a dollar volume of $38 million.

Stock Price Performance: From August 8, 2011, to September 6, 2011, the stock price had risen $2.95 (7.5%) from $39.42 to $42.37. 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 4.9% (+$2.01). It saw one of its worst periods between October 20, 2010 and October 27, 2010 when shares fell for six straight trading days, falling 7.6% (-$3.19).

Shares of Duke Energy Corporation (NYSE:DUK) have a dollar volume of $30.1 million based on a current price of $18.87(+9 cents) and 1.6 million shares traded.

Stock Price Performance: From August 8, 2011, to September 6, 2011, the stock price had risen $1.61 (9.5%) from $17.03 to $18.64. It saw one of its worst periods between November 4, 2010 and November 17, 2010 when shares fell for 10 straight trading days, falling 3.8% (-67 cents). 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 trading days, rising 1.5% (+25 cents).

Shares of American Electric Power Company Inc (NYSE:AEP) are among the most actively traded stocks in the market. There are 1.5 million shares trading hands at $38.03(-13 cents), making up a dollar volume of $58.8 million.

Stock Price Performance: From August 9, 2011, to September 7, 2011, the stock price had risen $3.18 (9.1%) from $35.06 to $38.24. It saw one of its worst periods between November 5, 2010 and November 17, 2010 when shares fell for nine straight trading days, falling 4.1% (-$1.46). 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 4.1% (+$1.42).

Shares of CenterPoint Energy, Inc. (NYSE:CNP) are among the most actively traded stocks in the market. They have a dollar volume today of $24.9 million, based on a current price of $20.00 (+39 cents) and 1.2 million shares being traded.

Stock Price Performance: From August 9, 2011, to September 7, 2011, the stock price had risen $1.45 (8%) from $18.16 to $19.61. 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 5.5% (+$1.02). It saw one of its worst periods between February 15, 2011 and February 24, 2011 when shares fell for seven straight trading days, falling 3.1% (-48 cents).