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All three major indices traded up today with the

Dow Jones Industrial Average

(

^DJI

) trading up 263 points (1.6%) at 16,380 as of Friday, Oct. 17, 2014, 4:20 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 2,043 issues advancing vs. 1,068 declining with 100 unchanged.

The Utilities sector as a whole closed the day up 0.7% versus the S&P 500, which was up 1.3%. Top gainers within the Utilities sector included

American DG Energy

(

ADGE

), up 3.3%,

RGC Resources

(

RGCO

), up 3.4%,

U S Geothermal

(

HTM

), up 4.0%,

Centrais Eletricas Brasileiras

(

EBR.B

), up 6.5% and

GreenHunter Resources

(

GRH

), up 5.3%.

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

GreenHunter Resources

(

GRH

) is one of the companies that pushed the Utilities sector higher today. GreenHunter Resources was up $0.06 (5.3%) to $1.20 on light volume. Throughout the day, 174,775 shares of GreenHunter Resources exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 507,700 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $1.09-$1.26 after having opened the day at $1.21 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $1.14.

GreenHunter Resources has a market cap of $38.7 million and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are down 1.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

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At the close,

Centrais Eletricas Brasileiras

(

EBR.B

) was up $0.26 (6.5%) to $4.28 on average volume. Throughout the day, 164,493 shares of Centrais Eletricas Brasileiras exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 136,500 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $4.07-$4.34 after having opened the day at $4.15 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $4.02.

Centrais Eletricas Brasileiras S.A. - Eletrobras, together with its subsidiaries, generates, transmits, and distributes electricity in Brazil. It projects, builds, and operates generating power plants, and electric power transmission and distribution lines. Centrais Eletricas Brasileiras has a market cap of $5.6 billion and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are down 8.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are no analysts who rate Centrais Eletricas Brasileiras a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

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TheStreet Ratings rates Centrais Eletricas Brasileiras as a

sell

. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its unimpressive growth in net income, poor profit margins, weak operating cash flow and generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on EBR.B go as follows:

  • The company, on the basis of change in net income from the same quarter one year ago, has significantly underperformed when compared to that of the S&P 500 and the Electric Utilities industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 149.0% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from $75.75 million to -$37.13 million.
  • The gross profit margin for ELETROBRAS-CENTR ELETR BRAS is currently extremely low, coming in at 7.44%. It has decreased significantly from the same period last year. Along with this, the net profit margin of -1.16% is significantly below that of the industry average.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly decreased to $146.37 million or 80.21% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, when comparing to the industry average, the firm's growth rate is much lower.
  • The share price of ELETROBRAS-CENTR ELETR BRAS has not done very well: it is down 12.43% and has underperformed the S&P 500, in part reflecting the company's sharply declining earnings per share when compared to the year-earlier quarter. The fact that the stock is now selling for less than others in its industry in relation to its current earnings is not reason enough to justify a buy rating at this time.
  • Current return on equity exceeded its ROE from the same quarter one year prior. This is a clear sign of strength within the company. Compared to other companies in the Electric Utilities industry and the overall market, ELETROBRAS-CENTR ELETR BRAS's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.

You can view the full analysis from the report here:

Centrais Eletricas Brasileiras Ratings Report

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U S Geothermal

(

HTM

) was another company that pushed the Utilities sector higher today. U S Geothermal was up $0.02 (4.0%) to $0.54 on light volume. Throughout the day, 247,618 shares of U S Geothermal exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 366,300 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $0.52-$0.55 after having opened the day at $0.55 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $0.52.

U S Geothermal has a market cap of $48.6 million and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are up 23.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

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