3 Stocks Dragging In The Utilities Sector - TheStreet

Two out of the three major indices are trading up today with the

Dow Jones Industrial Average

(

^DJI

) trading up 28 points (0.2%) at 17,783 as of Friday, Oct. 30, 2015, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,543 issues advancing vs. 1,349 declining with 225 unchanged.

The Utilities sector currently sits up 0.5% versus the S&P 500, which is unchanged. A company within the sector that fell today was

Praxair

(

PX

), up 0.7%. Top gainers within the sector include

PG&E

(

PCG

), up 2.2%,

Western Gas Equity Partners

(

WGP

), up 2.1%,

PPL

(

PPL

), up 1.5% and

American Electric Power

(

AEP

), up 0.9%.

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

3.

Korea Electric Power

(

KEP

) is one of the companies pushing the Utilities sector lower today. As of noon trading, Korea Electric Power is down $0.26 (-1.1%) to $22.44 on average volume. Thus far, 125,234 shares of Korea Electric Power exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 328,800 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $22.44-$22.62 after having opened the day at $22.62 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $22.70.

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Korea Electric Power Corporation, integrated electric utility company, generates, transmits, and distributes electricity in Korea and internationally. Korea Electric Power has a market cap of $29.9 billion and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are up 17.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there is 1 analyst that rates Korea Electric Power a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Korea Electric Power

as a

hold

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income and attractive valuation levels. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including generally higher debt management risk and poor profit margins. Get the full

Korea Electric Power Ratings Report

now.

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2. As of noon trading,

Public Service Enterprise Group

(

PEG

) is down $0.44 (-1.1%) to $41.00 on heavy volume. Thus far, 3.0 million shares of Public Service Enterprise Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $40.50-$41.33 after having opened the day at $40.84 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $41.44.

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Public Service Enterprise Group Incorporated, through its subsidiaries, operates as an energy company primarily in the northeastern and Mid Atlantic United States. Public Service Enterprise Group has a market cap of $21.1 billion and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are up 0.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate Public Service Enterprise Group a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Public Service Enterprise Group

as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, notable return on equity, attractive valuation levels and expanding profit margins. Although no company is perfect, currently we do not see any significant weaknesses which are likely to detract from the generally positive outlook. Get the full

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1. As of noon trading,

Exelon

(

EXC

) is down $0.58 (-2.0%) to $28.01 on average volume. Thus far, 6.4 million shares of Exelon exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 8.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $27.71-$29.10 after having opened the day at $28.60 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $28.59.

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Exelon Corporation, a utility services holding company, engages in the energy generation and delivery businesses in the United States. It owns electric generating facilities, such as nuclear, fossil, and hydroelectric generation facilities, as well as wind and solar photovoltaic facilities. Exelon has a market cap of $24.6 billion and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are down 22.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate Exelon a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Exelon

as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, compelling growth in net income, attractive valuation levels, 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 lackluster performance in the stock itself. Get the full

Exelon Ratings Report

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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

).