During trading today, the S&P 500 dropped 0.5%, and the Utilities sector (XLU) showed little change.

Increasing 10.1% (+$1.43) to close at $15.59, Cheniere Energy (LNG) was a major gainer in the sector. Today, 15.2 million shares traded hands. The stock traded in a range of $13.65 to $16. Share price is up $2.64 (20.4%) from $12.95 on June 12, 2012.

American States Water (AWR) was a major loser in the sector. Its price dropped 2.5% (-$1.02) to close at $40.50, as 147,305 shares moved. The stock traded in a range of $40.19 to $41.72. Over the last three months, the stock has gained $5.18 (14.7%) from a price of $35.32 on April 16, 2012.

Crosstex Energy L.P (XTEX) declined 1.1% to close at $16.41, moving below its 50-day moving average of $16.02 and 200-day moving average of $16.49.

Tri-Tech (TRIT) rose 6.5% to close at $4.10, approaching its 50-day moving average of $4.30. It has also moved closer to its 200-day moving average of $5.65. Northwest Natural Gas (NWN) fell 1.6% to close at $47.21, moving closer to its 50-day moving average of $47.15. Also, the stock moved closer to its 200-day moving average of $46.51.

Aqua America (WTR) hit a new 52-week high today, reaching $26.35 to top the previous high of $26.24.