Electric Utilities Stocks Lose Power

Relative strength ranking for S&P's subindustry index goes down a notch, as price performance for the group continues to drop from mid-2005 highs

The spark has gone out of electric utilities stocks in the past few months. During the week ending Feb. 17, the S&P 1500 Electric Utilities subindustry index's trailing 52-week relative strength ranking (RSR) dropped to 3 (middle 40%) from 4 (top 30%). Had this group been on the High Momentum List (having reached an RSR of 5 -- top 10% -- and retaining a ranking of 5 or 4), it would have been removed from the list because of the current longer-term price erosion.

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