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NRG Energy, NiSource, Northeast Utilities, and UGI Corp. Under StockCall's Microscope

Monday, April 1, 2013 8:00 AM

LONDON, April 1, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --

2012 was a challenging year for the utilities sector. The industry was negatively impacted by an unusually warm winter. Also, utilities are under pressure to meet new environmental regulations. Meanwhile, several utilities have had to boost their capital expenditures in order to upgrade their existing infrastructure. For electric utilities, though, a sharp decline in natural gas prices has reduced costs. Going forward, utilities such as NRG Energy Inc. (NYSE: NRG), NiSource Inc. (NYSE: NI), Northeast Utilities System (NYSE: NU), and UGI Corp. (NYSE: UGI) will be hoping for a return to normal weather pattern. On Thursday, utilities ended mostly higher, tracking gains in the broad market. StockCall has released full comprehensive research on NRG, NI, NU, and UGI and these free technical analyses can be downloaded by signing up at


NRG Energy Inc.'s shares rose sharply on Thursday, touching a 52-week high of $26.51. The stock closed 0.95% higher at $26.49 on volume of 3.76 million. The company's shares have gained more than 3% in the last three sessions. NRG's shares outperformed the broad market in first quarter, gaining more than 15%, compared to a gain of more than 10% for the S&P 500. The diversified utilities company's shares are currently trading well above their 50-day and 200-day moving averages, which is a bullish signal. The stock's MACD has also crossed above the signal line, which further confirms the bullish trend. Free technical analysis on NRG available by signing up at


NiSource Inc.'s shares rallied in trading last Thursday. The stock rose to a 52-week high of $29.38 its last trading session for last week before finishing the day 1.98% higher at $29.34 on above average volume of 3.73 million. NiSource's shares gained more than 3.30% last week, outperforming the broad market. The stock also outperformed the broad market in the first quarter, gaining nearly 19%. The company's shares have seen a series of highs since the start of this year, which is a bullish signal. The positive trend is further confirmed by the stock's MACD chart.  Register today and access the free research on NI at


Northeast Utilities System's shares rose to a 52-week high of $43.49 on Thursday. The stock ended the day 1.33% higher at $43.46 on above average volume of 2.01 million. Its shares broke through $43 resistance level last week, which is a bullish signal. The stock's MACD has also crossed above the signal line, further confirming the upbeat trend. Shares of NU are trading well above their 50-day and 200-day moving averages. The stock gained more than 12.20% in the first quarter, outperforming the S&P 500. The free report on NU can be downloaded by signing up now at


UGI Corp. was another major gainer in the utilities sector in the first quarter. The stock rose more than 18% in the first quarter. Last Thursday, the stock touched a 52-week high of $38.46 before finishing the day 1.21% higher at $38.39 on volume of 488,289. It saw a series of highs in March, which is a bullish signal. The positive trend is further confirmed by recent volume activity and the stock's MACD chart.  Free report on UGI can be accessed by registering at


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