During trading today, both the Utilities sector (XLU) and the S&P500 showed little movement.

Although down today, the ETF, as a as a proxy for sector performance, tracked closer to the overall market than over the past week. Entering today's trading, XLU was up 2.2% over the last seven trading days while the S&P 500 was down 2.7%.

Huaneng Power International (HNP) was a major loser in the sector. Its price dropped 3.5% (-$1.03) to close at $28.26, as 71,218 shares moved. The stock traded between $28.24 and $28.67. Over the last three months, the stock has gained $4.75 (20.2%) from a price of $23.51 on May 2, 2012.

Exterran Partners L.P (EXLP) was a major gainer in the sector, rising 2.5% (+53 cents) to close at $21.75 with 56,258 shares moving. The stock traded in a range of $21.20 to $21.76. Shares have been on an upward trajectory over the past month, rising $2.31 (11.9%) from a price of $19.44 on June 28, 2012.

Black Hills (BKH) rose 1.1% to close at $32.31, crossing its 50-day moving average of $32.06.

Crosstex Energy L.P (XTEX) fell 1.9% to close at $16.66, moving closer to its 50-day moving average of $16.34. Also, the stock moved closer to its 200-day moving average of $16.52. Williams Partners L.P (WPZ) rose 1.7% to close at $54.82, getting closer to its 200-day moving average or $55.93.

TransCanada Corporation (TRP) hit a new 52-week high today, reaching $45.80 to top the previous high of $45.16.