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All three major indices traded up today with the

Dow Jones Industrial Average

(

^DJI

) trading up 225 points (1.3%) at 17,417 as of Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015, 4:20 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 2,093 issues advancing vs. 1,001 declining with 116 unchanged.

The Utilities sector as a whole closed the day up 1.0% versus the S&P 500, which was up 1.0%. Top gainers within the Utilities sector included

American DG Energy

(

ADGE

), up 7.7%,

Gas Natural

(

EGAS

), up 3.4%,

York Water

(

YORW

), up 2.3%,

Sky Solar Holdings

(

SKYS

), up 3.2% and

Connecticut Water Service

(

CTWS

), up 3.1%.

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

Sky Solar Holdings

(

SKYS

) is one of the companies that pushed the Utilities sector higher today. Sky Solar Holdings was up $0.35 (3.2%) to $11.25 on light volume. Throughout the day, 2,091 shares of Sky Solar Holdings exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 58,400 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $11.10-$11.25 after having opened the day at $11.16 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $10.90.

Sky Solar Holdings has a market cap of $530.8 million and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are down 14.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

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At the close,

York Water

(

YORW

) was up $0.54 (2.3%) to $24.29 on light volume. Throughout the day, 16,177 shares of York Water exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 24,100 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $23.76-$24.31 after having opened the day at $23.93 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $23.75.

The York Water Company is engaged in impounding, purifying, and distributing drinking water. It operates two wastewater collection and treatment systems; and has two reservoirs comprising Lake Williams and Lake Redman, which together hold up to approximately 2.2 billion gallons of water. York Water has a market cap of $311.4 million and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are up 2.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are no analysts who rate York Water a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

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TheStreet Ratings rates

York Water

as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, growth in earnings per share, increase in net income, expanding profit margins and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company is trading at a premium valuation based on our review of its current price compared to such things as earnings and book value.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on YORW go as follows:

  • YORW's revenue growth has slightly outpaced the industry average of 8.4%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 10.5%. This growth in revenue appears to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, improving the earnings per share.
  • YORK WATER CO has improved earnings per share by 21.1% in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. The company has demonstrated a pattern of positive earnings per share growth over the past two years. We feel that this trend should continue. During the past fiscal year, YORK WATER CO increased its bottom line by earning $0.75 versus $0.72 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($0.85 versus $0.75).
  • The net income growth from the same quarter one year ago has exceeded that of the S&P 500 and the Water Utilities industry average. The net income increased by 20.9% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, going from $2.54 million to $3.07 million.
  • The gross profit margin for YORK WATER CO is currently very high, coming in at 80.78%. It has increased from the same quarter the previous year. Along with this, the net profit margin of 25.41% is above that of the industry average.
  • Net operating cash flow has slightly increased to $6.54 million or 5.83% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, YORK WATER CO has also modestly surpassed the industry average cash flow growth rate of -2.42%.

You can view the full analysis from the report here:

York Water Ratings Report

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Gas Natural

(

EGAS

) was another company that pushed the Utilities sector higher today. Gas Natural was up $0.33 (3.4%) to $9.98 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 63,334 shares of Gas Natural exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 30,500 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $9.51-$9.98 after having opened the day at $9.61 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $9.65.

Gas Natural Inc. is engaged in the distribution and sale of natural gas to residential, commercial, and industrial customers. It operates through Natural Gas Operations, Marketing and Production Operations, and Pipeline Operations segments. Gas Natural has a market cap of $107.0 million and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are down 12.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there is 1 analyst who rates Gas Natural a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Gas Natural as a

hold

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its good cash flow from operations, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and increase in stock price during the past year. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including unimpressive growth in net income and feeble growth in the company's earnings per share.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on EGAS go as follows:

  • Net operating cash flow has significantly increased by 107.03% to $0.19 million when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, GAS NATURAL INC has also vastly surpassed the industry average cash flow growth rate of -43.11%.
  • The debt-to-equity ratio is somewhat low, currently at 0.71, and is less than that of the industry average, implying that there has been a relatively successful effort in the management of debt levels. Even though the company has a strong debt-to-equity ratio, the quick ratio of 0.16 is very weak and demonstrates a lack of ability to pay short-term obligations.
  • EGAS, with its decline in revenue, slightly underperformed the industry average of 7.9%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly dropped by 0.0%. The declining revenue appears to have seeped down to the company's bottom line, decreasing earnings per share.
  • GAS NATURAL INC has experienced a steep decline in earnings per share in the most recent quarter in comparison to its performance from the same quarter a year ago. This company has reported somewhat volatile earnings recently. We feel it is likely to report a decline in earnings in the coming year. During the past fiscal year, GAS NATURAL INC increased its bottom line by earning $0.71 versus $0.48 in the prior year. For the next year, the market is expecting a contraction of 4.2% in earnings ($0.68 versus $0.71).
  • 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 Gas Utilities industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 47.3% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from -$1.01 million to -$1.48 million.

You can view the full analysis from the report here:

Gas Natural Ratings Report

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