Shares of some top utilities companies were up at the close of trading:

American Electric Power Co. rose $.17 or .3 percent, to $53.32.

Consolidated Edison Inc. Holding Co. rose $.59 or 1.0 percent, to $57.73.

Dominion Resources Inc. rose $.37 or .5 percent, to $69.85.

Duke Energy Corp. rose $.38 or .5 percent, to $73.31.

Exelon rose $.23 or .7 percent, to $33.00.

PG&E rose $.33 or .7 percent, to $46.13.

Southern Co. rose $.40 or .9 percent, to $44.23.