3 Stocks Boosting The Utilities Sector Higher - TheStreet

All three major indices are trading down today with the

Dow Jones Industrial Average

(

^DJI

) trading down 68 points (-0.4%) at 17,730 as of Monday, Nov. 30, 2015, 11:50 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,462 issues advancing vs. 1,508 declining with 167 unchanged.

The Utilities sector currently is unchanged today versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.3%. Top gainers within the sector include

NRG Energy

(

NRG

), up 3.1%,

Calpine

(

CPN

), up 1.2%,

EQT

(

EQT

), up 1.1% and

American Electric Power

(

AEP

), up 0.5%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include

Centrais Eletricas Brasileiras

(

EBR.B

), down 2.5%,

Huaneng Power International

(

HNP

), down 1.1% and

Praxair

(

PX

), down 0.7%.

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

3.

Ameren

(

AEE

) is one of the companies pushing the Utilities sector higher today. As of noon trading, Ameren is up $0.41 (0.9%) to $43.72 on average volume. Thus far, 688,160 shares of Ameren exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $43.42-$43.93 after having opened the day at $43.45 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $43.31.

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Ameren Corporation operates as a public utility holding company in the United States. The company engages in the rate-regulated electric generation, transmission, and distribution; and rate-regulated natural gas transmission and distribution businesses. Ameren has a market cap of $10.5 billion and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are down 6.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 4 analysts who rate Ameren a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Ameren

as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, expanding profit margins, good cash flow from operations, growth in earnings per share and increase in net income. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity. Get the full

Ameren Ratings Report

now.

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2. As of noon trading,

PPL

(

PPL

) is up $0.42 (1.2%) to $34.07 on average volume. Thus far, 1.9 million shares of PPL exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $33.64-$34.18 after having opened the day at $33.70 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $33.65.

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PPL Corporation, a utility company, delivers electricity and natural gas in the United States and the United Kingdom. It serves 321,000 natural gas and 397,000 electric customers in Louisville and 16 surrounding counties; and 543,000 customers in 77 Kentucky counties and 5 counties in Virginia. PPL has a market cap of $22.6 billion and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are down 7.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 8 analysts who rate PPL a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

PPL

as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its notable return on equity, solid stock price performance and expanding profit margins. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full

PPL Ratings Report

now.

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1. As of noon trading,

NextEra Energy

(

NEE

) is up $0.60 (0.6%) to $99.97 on light volume. Thus far, 623,012 shares of NextEra Energy exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $99.26-$100.25 after having opened the day at $99.28 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $99.37.

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NextEra Energy, Inc., through its subsidiaries, generates, transmits, and distributes electric energy in the United States and Canada. The company generates electricity from gas, oil, solar, coal, petroleum coke, nuclear, and wind sources. NextEra Energy has a market cap of $45.5 billion and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are down 6.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 11 analysts who rate NextEra Energy a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

NextEra Energy

as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, notable return on equity, expanding profit margins, good cash flow from operations and impressive record of earnings per share growth. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated. Get the full

NextEra Energy Ratings Report

now.

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If you are interested in one of these 3 stocks, ETFs may be of interest. Investors who are bullish on the utilities sector could consider

Utilities Select Sector SPDR

(

XLU

) while those bearish on the utilities sector could consider

ProShares UltraShort Utilities

(

SDP

).