The Utilities sector (XLU) held steady on a trading day that saw S&P 500 drop 0.1%.

Cheniere Energy, Inc. (LNG) was a significant gainer in the sector, rising 4%. The stock closed at $16.39 with five million shares moving. The stock traded in a range of $15.61 to $16.50.

National Fuel Gas Co. (NFG) was a major loser in the sector, falling 2.4% (-$1.18) to close at $47.12 with 538,648 shares moving. The stock traded in a range of $46.97 to $48.17. Over the last three months, the stock has lost $5.99 (-11.3%) from a price of $53.11 on January 9, 2012.

SJW rose 0.7% to close at $24.32, crossing its 50-day moving average of $24.21. Meanwhile, Progress Energy, Inc. (PGN) dropped 1.5% to close at $52.74, moving below its 200-day moving average or $52.84.

Chesapeake Utilities Corporation (CPK) rose 1.1% to close at $41.25, approaching its 50-day moving average of $41.75. It has also moved closer to its 200-day moving average of $41.71. ITC Holdings Corp. (ITC) fell 1.2% to close at $76.35, moving closer to its 50-day moving average of $76.34. Also, the stock moved closer to its 200-day moving average of $20.71.

Companhia Energetica Minas Gerais (adr) (CIG) hit a new 52-week high today, reaching $25.20 to top the previous high of $24.82.

Nrg Energy Inc (NRG) hit a new 52-week low today, hitting $15.09 to fall below the previous low of $15.25.