Utilities Stocks Investors Love as They Chase Dividends

Through early afternoon trading on Thursday, August 11, 2011, 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.

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El Paso Corporation (NYSE:EP) is among the top price gainers in the sector today. Its shares are trading at $18.86, up $1.29 (+7.3%) from a previous close of $17.57. El Paso Corp. is an energy company, provides natural gas and related energy products.

Stock Price Performance: During August 3, 2011 to August 9, 2011, the stock price had dropped $1.25 (-6.4%) from $19.49 to $18.24. 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.

AGL Resources Inc. (NYSE:AGL) is one of the top price gainers today. Its stock price is $38.97, which is $2.51 (+6.9%) above the previous close of $36.46. AGL Resources, Inc. is an energy services holding company, which is in the business of distribution of natural gas in six states – Florida, Georgia, Maryland, New Jersey, Tennessee and Virginia.

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.

Aqua America, Inc. (NYSE:WTR) is among the sector price gainers today, as its shares are trading at $21.40, up $1.19 (+5.9%) from a previous close of $20.21. 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 May 13, 2011 to August 9, 2011, the stock price had fallen $1.57 (-6.9%) from $22.83 to $21.26. 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. 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.

Shares of Public Service Enterprise Group Inc. (NYSE:PEG) are trading at $30.55, up $1.58 (+5.5%) from a previous close of $28.97. 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 16, 2011 to August 10, 2011, the stock price had fallen $4.20 (-12.7%) from $33.17 to $28.97. 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.

Nicor Inc. (NYSE:GAS) is among the top price gainers in the sector today. Its shares are trading at $53.16, up $2.49 (+4.9%) from a previous close of $50.67. Nicor Inc. is a holding company which serves 2.2 million customers in most of the northern third of Illinois.

Stock Price Performance: During July 13, 2011 to August 10, 2011, the stock price had dropped $5.20 (-9.3%) from $55.87 to $50.67. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between June 23, 2011 and July 8, 2011 when shares rose for 11-straight days, rising 4.9% (+$2.62) over that span. It saw one of its worst periods between July 22, 2011 and July 29, 2011 when shares fell for six-straight days, falling 2.4% (-$1.35) over that span.

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