Exelon (NYSE:EXC) is already the biggest utility company in the U.S., and it has agreed to buy Pepco (NYSE:POM) for $6.8 billion.

But Fool contributor Tyler Crowe and energy and materials analyst Joel South say Exelon didn't make the purchase to make an even larger footprint in the utility space; it was more to diversify its holdings there. Pepco also gives Exelon stable revenue in a regulated -- and therefore less volatile -- business, even if the overall income needle won't move too much from this purchase. 

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Joel South has no position in any stocks mentioned. Tyler Crowe has no position in any stocks mentioned. You can follow them on Twitter @TMFEnergy and @TylerCroweFool, respectively.

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