Exelon Falls as Natural Gas Drops for Third Week: Chicago Mover

Exelon Corp. (EXC), the largest U.S. nuclear plant owner, fell to the lowest in 21 months as natural- gas prices dropped for a third straight week.

Exelon decreased 1.3 percent to $38.37 at the close in New York, its lowest since July 6, 2010. Natural-gas (UNG) futures declined 5.2 cents to $2.089 per million British thermal units on the New York Mercantile Exchange, the lowest settlement price since Jan. 30, 2002.

Power producers such as Chicago-based Exelon have seen margins squeezed because of lower demand for electricity and a glut of gas, said Paul Patterson, a New York-based electric power analyst with Glenrock Associates.

“Without a rebound in the economy, that sector is going to face a lower bottom line,” Patterson said in a phone interview.

Exelon has fallen 5.8 percent since the start of 2011, while the S&P 500 Utilities Index, which includes regulated utilities, gained 11.8 percent, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.

Exelon is “is well-positioned for the future” following its merger with Constellation Energy Group Inc. (CEG), which closed March 9, Judith Rader, an Exelon spokeswoman, said in an e-mail.

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