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

While being down today, the ETF, as a proxy for sector performance, tracked closer to the overall market today than over the past month. Entering today's trading, XLU was up 0.4% over the last thirty trading days while the S&P 500 was down 3.7%.

Clean Energy Fuels (CLNE) was a major gainer in the sector, rising 4.9% (+65 cents) to close at $13.92 with 1.7 million shares moving. The stock traded in a range of $13.32 to $13.94. Shares are down 71 cents (-4.9%) from a price of $14.63 on August 6, 2012.

Delta Natural Gas Company (DGAS) was a major loser in the sector. Its price dropped 4.4% (-99 cents) to close at $21.52, as 47,402 shares moved. The stock traded between $21.06 and $22.90.

DCP Midstream Partners (DPM) declined 2% to close at $43.27, moving below its 50-day moving average of $41.91 and 200-day moving average of $43.49. Black Hills (BKH) rose 1.3% to close at $31.90, crossing its 50-day moving average of $31.83.

Crestwood Midstream Partners (CMLP) rose 2% to close at $24.12, approaching its 50-day moving average of $26.08. It has also moved closer to its 200-day moving average of $27.10. Exelon (ETE) fell 1.6% to close at $38.30, moving closer to its 50-day moving average of $38.22. Also, the stock moved closer to its 200-day moving average of $40.51.

American States Water (AWR) hit a new 52-week high today, reaching $44.40 to top the previous high of $44.25.