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One out of the three major indices traded up today Two out of the three major indices traded up today The three major indices are trading lower today with the

Dow Jones Industrial Average

(

^DJI

) trading down 10.22 points (-0.1%) at 17,540 as of Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2015, 4:20 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,528 issues advancing vs. 1,554 declining with 135 unchanged.

The Utilities sector as a whole closed the day down 0.2% versus the S&P 500, which was up 0.3%. Top gainers within the Utilities sector included

Transportadora de Gas del Sur

(

TGS

), up 4.2%,

Spark Energy

(

SPKE

), up 3.2%,

Just Energy Group

(

JE

), up 1.7%,

Genesis Healthcare

(

GEN

), up 9.3% and

Cadiz

(

CDZI

), up 3.5%.

TheStreet Ratings Group would like to highlight 3 stocks pushing the sector higher today:

Just Energy Group

(

JE

) is one of the companies that pushed the Utilities sector higher today. Just Energy Group was up $0.09 (1.7%) to $5.45 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 295,635 shares of Just Energy Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 142,100 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $5.35-$5.53 after having opened the day at $5.35 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $5.36.

Just Energy Group has a market cap of $770.9 million and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are up 2.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

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At the close,

Spark Energy

(

SPKE

) was up $0.49 (3.2%) to $15.69 on average volume. Throughout the day, 29,743 shares of Spark Energy exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 38,200 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $15.12-$15.84 after having opened the day at $15.84 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $15.20.

Spark Energy has a market cap of $48.4 million and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are up 7.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

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Transportadora de Gas del Sur

(

TGS

) was another company that pushed the Utilities sector higher today. Transportadora de Gas del Sur was up $0.17 (4.2%) to $4.21 on light volume. Throughout the day, 72,004 shares of Transportadora de Gas del Sur exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 108,100 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $4.04-$4.41 after having opened the day at $4.08 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $4.04.

Transportadora de Gas del Sur S.A. provides natural gas transportation services in Argentina. The company operates through four segments: Natural Gas Transportation, Production and Commercialization of Liquids, Other Services, and Telecommunications. Transportadora de Gas del Sur has a market cap of $645.1 million and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are up 15.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are no analysts who rate Transportadora de Gas del Sur a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Transportadora de Gas del Sur

as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its compelling growth in net income, reasonable valuation levels, solid stock price performance and notable return on equity. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on TGS go as follows:

  • The net income growth from the same quarter one year ago has significantly exceeded that of the S&P 500 and the Oil, Gas & Consumable Fuels industry. The net income increased by 152.3% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, rising from -$9.78 million to $5.12 million.
  • Powered by its strong earnings growth of 150.00% and other important driving factors, this stock has surged by 25.14% over the past year, outperforming the rise in the S&P 500 Index during the same period. Looking ahead, the stock's sharp rise over the last year has already helped drive it to a level which is relatively expensive compared to the rest of its industry. We feel, however, that other strengths this company displays justify these higher price levels.
  • Regardless of the drop in revenue, the company managed to outperform against the industry average of 37.8%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues fell by 29.9%. The declining revenue has not hurt the company's bottom line, with increasing earnings per share.
  • The company's current return on equity greatly increased when compared to its ROE from the same quarter one year prior. This is a signal of significant strength within the corporation. In comparison to the other companies in the Oil, Gas & Consumable Fuels industry and the overall market, TRANSPORTADORA DE GAS SUR's return on equity is significantly below that of the industry average and is below that of the S&P 500.

You can view the full analysis from the report here:

Transportadora de Gas del Sur Ratings Report

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