Utilities Stocks Spiking Higher This Afternoon

Through most of the trading day, these stocks are 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.

National Fuel Gas Co. (NYSE:NFG) is among the sector price gainers, as its shares are trading at $62.52, up $1.17 (+1.9%) from the previous close of $61.35. National Fuel Gas Company is a diversified energy company which operates its business in four segments; Utility, Pipeline and Storage, Exploration and Production and Energy Marketing.

Stock Price Performance: From July 5, 2011, to August 30, 2011, the stock price had fallen $13.32 (-17.9%) from $74.53 to $61.21. 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 trading days, rising 7.7% (+$4.87). It saw one of its worst periods between July 25, 2011 and August 8, 2011 when shares fell for 11 straight trading days, falling 27% (-$19.93).

UGI Corporation (NYSE:UGI) is among the top price gainers in the sector. Its shares are trading at $30.00, up 25 cents (+0.8%) from the previous close of $29.76. UGI Corporation is a domestic and international retail distributor of propane and butane, natural gas and electric service through regulated local distribution utilities.

Stock Price Performance: From July 5, 2011, to August 30, 2011, the stock price had fallen $2.89 (-9%) from $32.28 to $29.39. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between April 19, 2011 and April 29, 2011 when shares rose for eight straight trading days, rising 6.1% (+$1.89). It saw one of its worst periods between April 4, 2011 and April 13, 2011 when shares fell for eight straight trading days, falling 5.4% (-$1.78).

Atmos Energy Corporation (NYSE:ATO) is among the sector price gainers, as its shares are trading at $34.22, up 68 cents (+2%) from the previous close of $33.54. Atmos Energy Corp. is engaged in the regulated natural gas distribution and transmission and storage businesses as well as other nonregulated natural gas businesses.

Stock Price Performance: From June 7, 2011, to August 31, 2011, the stock price had risen $2.14 (6.8%) from $31.40 to $33.54. It saw one of its worst periods between May 31, 2011 and June 7, 2011 when shares fell for six straight trading days, falling 4.8% (-$1.59). 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% (+$1.57).

Piedmont Natural Gas Co Inc. (NYSE:PNY) is among the top price gainers in the sector. Its shares are trading at $31.39, up 49 cents (+1.6%) from the previous close of $30.90. 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: From August 3, 2011, to August 31, 2011, the stock price had risen $2.11 (7.3%) from $28.79 to $30.90. It saw one of its worst periods between July 21, 2011 and July 29, 2011 when shares fell for seven straight trading days, falling 5.4% (-$1.67). 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 trading days, rising 6.9% (+$2.04).

WGL Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:WGL) is among the sector price gainers, as its shares are trading at $41.73, up 38 cents (+0.9%) from the previous close of $41.36. The Company through its subsidiaries, sells & delivers natural gas and provides a range of energy-related products and services.

Stock Price Performance: From June 7, 2011, to August 31, 2011, the stock price had risen $4.54 (12.3%) from $36.82 to $41.36. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between March 28, 2011 and April 6, 2011 when shares rose for eight straight trading days, rising 4.5% (+$1.67). It saw one of its worst periods between July 21, 2011 and July 29, 2011 when shares fell for seven straight trading days, falling 3.5% (-$1.41).

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