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PG&E Corporation : StockCall Scrutinizes PPL Corp., Pepco Holdings, Xcel Energy and PG&E Corp.

02/28/2013 | 08:05am US/Eastern

LONDON, February 28, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --

An unusually warm winter in the U.S. in 2012 had a negative impact on electricity and gas demand, which in turn hit the bottom-line of most U.S. utilities. Electric utilities such as PPL Corporation (NYSE: PPL), Pepco Holdings Inc. (NYSE: POM), Xcel Energy Inc. (NYSE: XEL) and PG&E Corporation (NYSE: PCG) will be hoping for a more normal winter this year. Utilities was one of the worst performing sectors in 2012, after posting significant gains in 2013. However, the outlook for Utilities has improved in 2013. On Wednesday, most utilities rose, tracking gains in the broad market. StockCall reviewed the solar industry and chose PPL, POM, XEL and PCG for its technical coverage. These free reports can be seen for free at


Shares of Allentown, Pennsylvania-based energy and utility holding company, PPL Corp. edged higher in Wednesday's trading session, as the broad market rallied. The stock closed 0.69% higher at $30.71 on volume of 2.60 million. For the week, though, the stock is down 0.26%. Year-to-date, PPL's shares have gained more than 7%, outperforming the broad market. The stock is currently trading above its 50-day and 200-day moving averages, which is a bullish signal. Recent volume activity further confirms the bullish trend. The company's shares are currently facing resistance at around $31. The stock has support at $30.25. Download the free research on PPL by signing up now at


Shares of Pepco Holdings also edged higher in Wednesday's trading session, ending 0.89% higher at $20.30 on volume of 1.33 million. The stock rose to an intra-day high of $20.35 yesterday, which is close to its 52-week high of $20.49. The company's shares are trading on a P/E ratio of 17.65. Year-to-date, the stock has gained more than 3.5%, compared to a gain of over 6% for the S&P 500. Pepco's shares have seen a series of highs over the last one month, which is a bullish signal. The bullish trend is further confirmed by the stock's MACD chart. Register for today's free analysis on POM at


Shares of Xcel Energy have outperformed the broad market this year, gaining 6.89%. The stock is currently trading on a P/E ratio of 15.35 and has a dividend yield of 3.78%. On Wednesday, Xcel Energy shares rose 0.67% to finish the day at $28.55 on above average volume of 3.12 million. Xcel Energy's 50-day moving average has just crossed above the 200-day moving average, which is a very strong bullish signal. The stock's MACD has also crossed the signal line on the upside. Recent volume activity further confirms the bullish trend. Free report on XEL can be accessed by registering at


Shares of PG&E Corp. rose sharply on Wednesday, tracking gains in the broad market. The stock closed 0.98% higher at $42.12 on above average volume of 4.18 million. Year-to-date, the stock has gained 4.83%, underperforming the broad market. PG&E shares are currently trading on a P/E ratio of 21.94 and have a dividend yield of 4.32%. The stock is currently trading just below its 200-day moving average. Recent volume activity suggests that market sentiment has turned bullish on the stock. Register with StockCall and download the research on PCG for free at


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