Utilities Stocks Investors are Buying Now

These are stocks helping the Utilities (NYSE:IDU) 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.

Aqua America, Inc. (NYSE:WTR) is among the sector price gainers today, as its shares are trading at $20.53, up $1.25 (+6.5%) from a previous close of $19.28.

Stock Price Performance: During May 11, 2011 to August 5, 2011, the stock price had fallen $1.86 (-8.1%) from $22.84 to $20.98. 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% (+$1) 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 5.6% (-$1.25) over that span.

American Water Works Company, Inc. (NYSE:AWK) is among the top price gainers in the market today. Its shares are trading at $26.64, up $1.09 (+4.3%) from a previous close of $25.55.

Stock Price Performance: During May 12, 2011 to August 8, 2011, the stock price had fallen $4.16 (-14%) from $29.71 to $25.55. 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% (+$1.23) over that span. 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% (-$1.26) over that span.

National Fuel Gas Co. (NYSE:NFG) is one of the top price gainers today. Its stock price is $55.57, which is $1.68 (+3.1%) above the previous close of $53.89.

Stock Price Performance: During May 12, 2011 to August 8, 2011, the stock price had fallen $17.33 (-24.3%) from $71.22 to $53.89. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between December 23, 2010 and January 6, 2011 when shares rose for 10-straight days, rising 7.7% (+$4.87) over that span. It saw one of its worst periods between July 25, 2011 and August 8, 2011 when shares fell for 11-straight days, falling 27% (-$19.93) over that span.

El Paso Corporation (NYSE:EP) is among the sector price gainers today, as its shares are trading at $17.44, up 51 cents (+3%) from a previous close of $16.93.

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.

Shares of ONEOK, Inc. (NYSE:OKE) are trading at $61, up $1.53 (+2.8%) from a previous close of $59.31.

Stock Price Performance: During July 11, 2011 to August 8, 2011, the stock price had dropped $14.18 (-19.3%) from $73.49 to $59.31. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between November 29, 2010 and December 10, 2010 when shares rose for 10-straight days, rising 6.2% (+$3.09) over that span. It saw one of its worst periods between July 21, 2011 and August 8, 2011 when shares fell for 13-straight days, falling 21.3% (-$16.06) over that span.