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Which Volatile Utility Stocks Have Been Moving Lately?

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Nov. 20 2020, Updated 10:53 a.m. ET

Utility stocks with high implied volatilities

NRG Energy (NRG) fell 1% on a YTD (year-to-date) basis. It has the highest implied volatility of all the utility companies that make up the Utilities Select Sector SPDR ETF (XLU). In the past five days, NRG Energy rose 1.4%.

Below are the YTD returns of the utility stocks we identified as having high implied volatilities:

Here are the five-day returns for these stocks:

  • AES at -5%
  • FirstEnergy at -6.4%
  • Exelon at -0.2%
  • NiSource at -2.6%
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Returns of utility stocks with low implied volatilities

Dominion Resources (D) has the lowest implied volatility of all the utility companies that are part of XLU. Below are the YTD returns of the utility stocks we identified as having low implied volatilities:

  • DTE Energy (DTE) at 18.8%
  • Dominion Resources (D) at 7.8%
  • Southern Company (SO) at 0.2%
  • Eversource Energy (ES) at 8%
  • American Electric Power Company (AEP) at 2.1%

Here are the five-day returns of these stocks:

  • DTE Energy at -0.8%
  • Dominion Resources at -1.3%
  • Southern Company at -3%
  • Eversource Energy at -3.5%
  • American Electric Power Company at -2.8%

In the next part of this series, we’ll look at the utility stocks with the highest short interest-to-equity float ratios.

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