The Vanguard Utilities ETF (AMEX:VPU) is seeing unusually high volume in afternoon trading Thursday, with over 647,000 shares traded versus three month average volume of about 125,000. Shares of VPU were down about 0.3% on the day.
Components of that ETF with the highest volume on Thursday were Exelon (NYSE:EXC), trading up about 0.2% with over 3.0 million shares changing hands so far this session, and PPL (NYSE:PPL), up about 0.8% on volume of over 2.9 million shares. AES (NYSE:AES) is the component faring the best Thursday, higher by about 1% on the day, while Middlesex Water (NASDAQ:MSEX) is lagging other components of the Vanguard Utilities ETF, trading lower by about 2.5%.
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