Why Exelon Is Our Stock of the Week

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The United States is seeing a resurgence in nuclear power with Southern Co. and SCANA recently receiving approvals to build new nuclear reactors. These are the first nuclear reactors to be approved since the Three Mile Island incident in 1979. Other utilities, like Progress Energy, which is merging with Duke Energy, are in the middle of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission's approval process. Two other companies offer clearer near-term plays in the space. GE will benefit first because its technology is used in the plant construction while the utilities won't see a direct benefit for many years until these plants come on line. Exelon, which provides 20% of the country's nuclear power, stands to be one of the long-term beneficiaries. We like Exelon shares here: They are trading at a 52-week low and at 10 times earnings and with a 5.4% dividend yield.

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