The Utilities sector (XLU) held steady during a trading day that saw the S&P 500 grow 0.6%.

The ETF, as a proxy for the sector, tracked closer to the overall market today than over the past month. Entering today's trading, XLU was up 2.3% over the last thirty trading days. The S&P 500, in comparison, went up -0%.

Artesian Resources Corporation (ARTNA) was one of the sector's big losers, as its price dropped 2.9% (-56 cents) to close at $18.53. 10,667 shares of the stock moved. The stock traded in a range of $18.53 to $19.33. The stock is down over the last three months, having fallen 95 cents (-4.9%) from $19.48 on February 2, 2012.

NiSource (NI) was a significant gainer in the sector, rising 2.8%. The stock closed at $25.33 with 5.3 million shares moving. The stock traded in a range of $24.72 to $25.79. Over the last three months, the stock has gained $2.47 (10.8%) from a price of $22.86 on February 2, 2012.

Spectra Energy (SE) rose 2.5% to close at $31.51, crossing its 50-day moving average of $30.95. Meanwhile, Gas Natural (EGAS) dropped 2.7% to close at $11.13, moving below its 200-day moving average or $11.16.

Entergy Corporation (ETR) rose 1.1% to close at $66.30, approaching its 50-day moving average of $66.45. It has also moved closer to its 200-day moving average of $68.02. Companhia Paranaense de Energia (AWR) fell 1.7% to close at $24.62, moving closer to its 50-day moving average of $24.22. Also, the stock moved closer to its 200-day moving average of $35.71.