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INVESTING | Utilities Sector

A Sector is a broad selection of companies with similar characteristics. An Industry is a subset of Sectors where companies are grouped in more specifically than Sectors.


Investors can use Sectors and Industries to efficiently classify and compare companies. Comparing companies with shared Sector and Industry allows an investor to identify relative strengths and weaknesses. Comparing companies across different Sectors and Industries can help identify relationships and trends.


The Utilities Sector refers to a category companies that provide basic amenities, such as water, sewage services, electricity, dams, and natural gas.


The Utilities Sector includes the following five industries:

  1. Electric Utilities Industry

  2. Gas Utilities Industry

  3. Independent Power and Renewable Electricity Producers Industry

  4. Multi-Utilities Industry

  5. Water Utilities Industry

The total value of the Utilities Sector in the United States is approximately $1.3 trillion.


Utilities includes companies like Duke Energy, Dominion Resources, and NextEra Energy.

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