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Wall Street Equity Research

August 26, 2010 08:43 ET

Analyst Study on Entergy and Xcel Energy -- Electric Utilities Under the Microscope

JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA--(Marketwire - August 26, 2010) - www.wallstreetequityresearch.com brings investors market knowledge on the aspects moving the electric utilities stocks, and offers complete analytical research on companies like Entergy Corp. (NYSE: ETR) and Xcel Energy Inc. (NYSE: XEL). Register with www.wallstreetequityresearch.com today to gain full access to our complimentary research on these electric utilities stocks.

It's no secret that the Electric-Utilities industry is currently treading through a stage of uncertainty. With social and governmental pressures to reduce carbon emitting energy production, many companies are attempting to orient themselves to gain from the coming clean energy renaissance. With the government considering cap-and-trade legislation that would effectively put a tax on carbon emissions, companies positioned to convert to cleaner energy sources should benefit greatly.

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However, the development of renewable energy sources is very expensive and some companies within the sector are looking to the Obama administration for money to finance research that could potentially allow them to be more competitive with foreign alternative energy companies. This comes at a time when the EPA plans to increase regulation on air pollution, potentially decreasing the reliability of companies reliant on coal-based energy production. Visit us at http://www.wallstreetequityresearch.com/ to understand the catalysts and forces driving or affecting companies in the electric utilities industry.

Meanwhile, many factors are weighing in to hurt revenues throughout the Electric-Utilities sector. Large natural gas production volumes are hurting the pricing power of companies reliant on that energy source. The economic slowdown has also lowered demand for energy by factories and other commercial sources. With capacity utilization at 71.4% for June, usage is far below historical averages.

One of the only bright spots for the sector is coming from this year's warmer-than-average spring weather. As temperatures rise, consumers use more energy to power air-conditioning units increasing the sector's sales volume. 

On the earnings side, Entergy Corp. posted sturdy results with revenue soaring by 13.6% year-over-year to $2.9 billion and earnings per share of $1.71. The company saw a rebound in industrial sales for utility boosted by a recuperating auto industry amongst others. Investors can register today at http://wallstreetequityresearch.com/August262010EntergyCorporation(ETR)260810.php to download the full report on Entergy Corp.

On the other hand, Xcel Energy Inc. which posted its results back in July experienced an increase of 20% in profits to $0.30 per share with revenue growing to $2.31 billion as compared to same quarter results last year. Investors can access free research on Xcel Energy Inc. now by signing up at http://wallstreetequityresearch.com/August262010XcelEnergyInc.(XEL)260810.php.

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