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4 Stocks Boosting The Utilities Sector Higher

Editor's Note: TheStreet ratings do not represent the views of TheStreet's staff or its contributors. Ratings are established by computer based on metrics for performance (which includes growth, stock performance, efficiency and valuation) and risk (volatility and solvency). Companies with poor cash flow or high debt levels tend to earn lower ratings in our model

All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average (^DJI) trading up 72 points (0.5%) at 14,749 as of Thursday, April 25, 2013, 12:50 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 2,049 issues advancing vs. 833 declining with 158 unchanged.

The Utilities sector currently sits up 0.5% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.7%. A company within the sector that fell today was Korea Electric Power (KEP), up 2.93.

TheStreet Ratings group would like to highlight 4 stocks pushing the sector higher today:

4. PVR Partners (PVR) is one of the companies pushing the Utilities sector higher today. As of noon trading, PVR Partners is up $1.63 (6.86) to $25.36 on average volume Thus far, 402,895 shares of PVR Partners exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 621,400 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $23.90-$25.44 after having opened the day at $23.90 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $23.73.

PVR Partners, L.P. engages in the gathering and processing of natural gas; and management of coal and natural resource properties in the United States. The company operates in three segments: Eastern Midstream, Midcontinent Midstream, and Coal and Natural Resource Management. PVR Partners has a market cap of $2.3 billion and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are down 8.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

TheStreet Ratings rates PVR Partners as a hold. The company's strongest point has been its expanding profit margins. At the same time, however, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, generally higher debt management risk and disappointing return on equity. Get the full PVR Partners Ratings Report now.

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