Utilities Stocks Investors are Buying Now

These are stocks 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.

Consolidated Edison Inc. (NYSE:ED) is among the top price gainers in the market today. Its shares are trading at $53.30, up $1.40 (+2.7%) from a previous close of $51.90.

Stock Price Performance: During May 12, 2011 to August 8, 2011, the stock price had fallen $3.23 (-6%) from $53.64 to $50.41. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between April 21, 2011 and May 4, 2011 when shares rose for nine-straight days, rising 4.5% (+$2.28) 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 2.5% (-$1.36) over that span.

NV Energy, Inc. (NYSE:NVE) is one of the top price gainers today. Its stock price is $13.33, which is 30 cents (+2.3%) above the previous close of $13.03.

Stock Price Performance: During June 13, 2011 to August 9, 2011, the stock price had fallen $2.62 (-16.7%) from $15.65 to $13.03. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between April 25, 2011 and May 3, 2011 when shares rose for seven-straight days, rising 3.1% (+46 cents) over that span. It saw one of its worst periods between July 21, 2011 and August 2, 2011 when shares fell for nine-straight days, falling 8% (-$1.23) over that span.

Wisconsin Energy Corporation (NYSE:WEC) is among the sector price gainers today, as its shares are trading at $29.05, up 54 cents (+1.8%) from a previous close of $28.53.

Stock Price Performance: During May 13, 2011 to August 9, 2011, the stock price had fallen $2.76 (-8.7%) from $31.55 to $28.79. 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 5.3% (+$1.57) over that span. It saw one of its worst periods between April 1, 2011 and April 12, 2011 when shares fell for eight-straight days, falling 3.8% (-$1.16) over that span.

Shares of AGL Resources Inc. (NYSE:AGL) are trading at $37.48, up 63 cents (+1.7%) from a previous close of $36.86.

Stock Price Performance: During July 12, 2011 to August 9, 2011, the stock price had dropped $4.98 (-11.9%) from $41.84 to $36.86. 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 days, rising 6.6% (+$2.60) 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 3.2% (-$1.35) over that span.

Alliant Energy Corporation (NYSE:LNT) is among the top price gainers in the market today. Its shares are trading at $36.98, up 60 cents (+1.7%) from a previous close of $36.38.

Stock Price Performance: During July 12, 2011 to August 9, 2011, the stock price had dropped $4.41 (-10.8%) from $40.79 to $36.38. It saw one of its worst periods between July 21, 2011 and July 29, 2011 when shares fell for seven-straight days, falling 3.5% (-$1.42) over that span. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between February 2, 2011 and February 11, 2011 when shares rose for eight-straight days, rising 4.6% (+$1.68) over that span.