Shares of Exelon Corp. (NYSE:EXC) hit a new 52-week high during mid-day trading on Monday . The company traded as high as $36.85 and last traded at $36.80, with a volume of 1,435,882 shares trading hands. The stock had previously closed at $36.49.

A number of analysts have recently issued reports on EXC shares. Morgan Stanley started coverage on shares of Exelon Corp. in a report on Wednesday, April 6th. They set an “equal weight” rating and a $38.00 price target on the stock. Barclays PLC started coverage on shares of Exelon Corp. in a report on Thursday, March 24th. They set an “overweight” rating and a $39.00 price target on the stock. Bank of America Corp. reaffirmed a “hold” rating and set a $35.00 price target on shares of Exelon Corp. in a report on Tuesday, May 24th. Jefferies Group reiterated a “buy” rating and issued a $40.00 price objective (up previously from $36.00) on shares of Exelon Corp. in a research note on Tuesday, May 10th. Finally, Wolfe Research cut shares of Exelon Corp. from an “outperform” rating to a “market perform” rating in a research note on Thursday, March 24th. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, nine have given a hold rating and eleven have given a buy rating to the company’s stock. The company has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $35.54.

The firm has a market capitalization of $33.88 billion and a PE ratio of 19.05. The firm’s 50-day moving average price is $35.18 and its 200-day moving average price is $33.21.

Exelon Corp. (NYSE:EXC) last issued its quarterly earnings results on Friday, May 6th. The energy giant reported $0.68 EPS for the quarter, meeting analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.68. During the same period in the previous year, the company posted $0.71 earnings per share. On average, equities research analysts predict that Exelon Corp. will post $2.50 EPS for the current year.

In related news, Chairman Mayo A. Shattuck III sold 327,000 shares of the stock in a transaction dated Thursday, May 12th. The stock was sold at an average price of $35.30, for a total value of $11,543,100.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the chairman now owns 760,938 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $26,861,111.40. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at the SEC website.

A number of hedge funds have recently made changes to their positions in the stock. Vanguard Group Inc. boosted its stake in shares of Exelon Corp. by 9.0% in the fourth quarter. Vanguard Group Inc. now owns 57,627,572 shares of the energy giant’s stock valued at $1,600,318,000 after buying an additional 4,746,984 shares during the last quarter. Bank of Montreal Can boosted its stake in shares of Exelon Corp. by 81.6% in the fourth quarter. Bank of Montreal Can now owns 6,420,688 shares of the energy giant’s stock valued at $178,304,000 after buying an additional 2,884,175 shares during the last quarter. Brandes Investment Partners LP boosted its stake in shares of Exelon Corp. by 25.9% in the fourth quarter. Brandes Investment Partners LP now owns 4,146,174 shares of the energy giant’s stock valued at $115,140,000 after buying an additional 853,309 shares during the last quarter. Principal Financial Group Inc. boosted its stake in shares of Exelon Corp. by 163.3% in the fourth quarter. Principal Financial Group Inc. now owns 2,970,321 shares of the energy giant’s stock valued at $82,485,000 after buying an additional 1,842,226 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Wells Fargo & Company MN boosted its stake in shares of Exelon Corp. by 40.5% in the fourth quarter. Wells Fargo & Company MN now owns 1,417,115 shares of the energy giant’s stock valued at $39,355,000 after buying an additional 408,240 shares during the last quarter.

Exelon Corporation is a utility services holding company. The Company operates through nine segments consisting of Exelon Generation Company, LLC’s (Generation’s) six power marketing segments, including Mid-Atlantic, Midwest, New England, New York, ERCOT and other regions; Commonwealth Edison Company (ComEd); PECO Energy Company (PECO), and Baltimore Gas and Electric Company (BGE).

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