The Utilities sector (XLU) showed little movement while the S&P 500 gained 0.9% during trading today.
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 2.1% over the last thirty trading days. The S&P 500, in comparison, went up -0.4%.
DCP Midstream Partners (DPM) was a major gainer in the sector, rising 6.7% (+$2.56) to close at $40.97 with 169,383 shares moving. The stock traded in a range of $38.37 to $41.23. The stock has fallen over the last three months, dropping $4.87 (-10.6%) from $45.84 on March 30, 2012.
Gas Natural (EGAS) was a major loser in the sector. Its price dropped 6.6% (-70 cents) to close at $9.92, as 140,627 shares moved. The stock traded between $9.76 and $10.20. The stock has lost momentum over the last three months, losing $1.74 (-14.9%) from $11.66 on March 30, 2012.
Energy Transfer Partners (ETP) rose 3.7% to close at $45.98, crossing its 50-day moving average of $44.67. Meanwhile, Unitil Corporation (UTL) dropped 0.9% to close at $26.38, moving below its 200-day moving average or $26.75.
Copano Energy L.L.C (CPNO) rose 2.9% to close at $25.88, approaching its 50-day moving average of $27.96. It has also moved closer to its 200-day moving average of $32.48.
American States Water (AWR) hit a new 52-week high today, reaching $39.35 to top the previous high of $38.95.
Cadiz (CDZI) hit a new 52-week low today, hitting $6.59 to fall below the previous low of $6.68.