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

EXC has been the topic of a number of recent research reports. Deutsche Bank AG lowered Exelon Corp. from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating and increased their target price for the stock from $34.00 to $36.00 in a research note on Monday, April 18th. They noted that the move was a valuation call. Wolfe Research lowered Exelon Corp. from an “outperform” rating to a “market perform” rating in a research note on Thursday, March 24th. Goldman Sachs Group Inc. reiterated a “neutral” rating and set a $37.00 target price (up previously from $34.70) on shares of Exelon Corp. in a research note on Monday, April 11th. Zacks Investment Research upgraded Exelon Corp. from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Thursday, April 14th. Finally, Morgan Stanley initiated coverage on Exelon Corp. in a research note on Wednesday, April 6th. They set an “equal weight” rating and a $38.00 target price on the stock. Two analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, eight have given a hold rating and eleven have issued a buy rating to the company’s stock. Exelon Corp. presently has an average rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $35.54.

The company has a market cap of $33.73 billion and a PE ratio of 18.96. The company has a 50-day moving average of $35.28 and a 200 day moving average of $33.37.

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

In other news, CEO Kenneth W. Cornew sold 30,000 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction on Friday, July 15th. The shares were sold at an average price of $36.47, for a total value of $1,094,100.00. Following the transaction, the chief executive officer now owns 32,844 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $1,197,820.68. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is available at the SEC website. Also, Chairman Mayo A. Shattuck III sold 327,000 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction on Thursday, May 12th. The stock was sold at an average price of $35.30, for a total transaction of $11,543,100.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the chairman now directly owns 760,938 shares in the company, valued at approximately $26,861,111.40. The disclosure for this sale can be found here.

Several hedge funds and institutional investors have recently added to or reduced their stakes in the company. ARGI Investment Services LLC boosted its position in Exelon Corp. by 246.9% in the fourth quarter. ARGI Investment Services LLC now owns 39,895 shares of the energy giant’s stock valued at $1,108,000 after buying an additional 28,395 shares during the last quarter. Commerzbank Aktiengesellschaft FI boosted its position in Exelon Corp. by 85.1% in the fourth quarter. Commerzbank Aktiengesellschaft FI now owns 50,464 shares of the energy giant’s stock valued at $1,401,000 after buying an additional 23,196 shares during the last quarter. Private Advisor Group LLC boosted its position in Exelon Corp. by 29.9% in the fourth quarter. Private Advisor Group LLC now owns 51,959 shares of the energy giant’s stock valued at $1,443,000 after buying an additional 11,972 shares during the last quarter. Twin Capital Management Inc. boosted its position in Exelon Corp. by 26.1% in the fourth quarter. Twin Capital Management Inc. now owns 57,200 shares of the energy giant’s stock valued at $1,588,000 after buying an additional 11,850 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Public School Empls Retrmt SYS boosted its position in Exelon Corp. by 8.5% in the fourth quarter. Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Public School Empls Retrmt SYS now owns 60,080 shares of the energy giant’s stock valued at $1,668,000 after buying an additional 4,721 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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