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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 5.88 points (0.0%) at 16,315 as of Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014, 4:20 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,884 issues advancing vs. 1,209 declining with 128 unchanged.

The Utilities sector as a whole closed the day up 0.9% versus the S&P 500, which was up 0.2%. Top gainers within the Utilities sector included

U S Geothermal

(

HTM

), up 7.5%,

Artesian Resource

(

ARTNA

), up 1.9%,

York Water

(

YORW

), up 2.2%,

GreenHunter Resources

(

GRH

), up 3.7% and

American Midstream Partners

(

AMID

), up 1.9%.

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

York Water

(

YORW

) is one of the companies that pushed the Utilities sector higher today. York Water was up $0.44 (2.2%) to $20.83 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 42,275 shares of York Water exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 23,500 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $20.35-$20.97 after having opened the day at $20.50 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $20.39.

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 $255.0 million and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are down 2.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there is 1 analyst who rates York Water a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 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, good cash flow from operations, increase in net income and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on YORW go as follows:

  • YORW's revenue growth has slightly outpaced the industry average of 7.7%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 9.6%. 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 22.2% 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 ($0.87 versus $0.75).
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly increased by 52.54% to $5.22 million when compared to the same quarter last year. The firm also exceeded the industry average cash flow growth rate of 19.44%.
  • The net income growth from the same quarter one year ago has exceeded that of the S&P 500, but is less than that of the Water Utilities industry average. The net income increased by 17.7% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, going from $2.34 million to $2.76 million.
  • The debt-to-equity ratio is somewhat low, currently at 0.84, and is less than that of the industry average, implying that there has been a relatively successful effort in the management of debt levels. Although the company had a strong debt-to-equity ratio, its quick ratio of 0.96 is somewhat weak and could be cause for future problems.

You can view the full analysis from the report here:

York Water Ratings Report

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At the close,

Artesian Resource

(

ARTNA

) was up $0.41 (1.9%) to $21.58 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 33,183 shares of Artesian Resource exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 20,300 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $20.96-$21.59 after having opened the day at $21.35 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $21.17.

Artesian Resources Corporation, through its subsidiaries, provides water, wastewater, and other services on the Delmarva Peninsula. It distributes and sells water to residential, commercial, industrial, municipal, and utility customers in the states of Delaware, Maryland, and Pennsylvania. Artesian Resource has a market cap of $165.0 million and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are down 10.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 2 analysts who rate Artesian Resource a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

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TheStreet Ratings rates

Artesian Resource

as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, good cash flow from operations and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on ARTNA go as follows:

  • Despite its growing revenue, the company underperformed as compared with the industry average of 7.7%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 0.6%. This growth in revenue does not appear to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, displayed by a decline in earnings per share.
  • The debt-to-equity ratio is somewhat low, currently at 0.96, 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 0.34 is very weak and demonstrates a lack of ability to pay short-term obligations.
  • Net operating cash flow has slightly increased to $4.97 million or 8.27% when compared to the same quarter last year. Despite an increase in cash flow, ARTESIAN RESOURCES's cash flow growth rate is still lower than the industry average growth rate of 19.44%.
  • 39.77% is the gross profit margin for ARTESIAN RESOURCES which we consider to be strong. Regardless of ARTNA's high profit margin, it has managed to decrease from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, the net profit margin of 10.96% trails the industry average.
  • ARTESIAN RESOURCES's earnings per share declined by 21.4% in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. The company has suffered a declining pattern of earnings per share over the past year. However, we anticipate this trend reversing over the coming year. During the past fiscal year, ARTESIAN RESOURCES reported lower earnings of $0.93 versus $1.14 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($1.04 versus $0.93).

You can view the full analysis from the report here:

Artesian Resource 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 $0.03 (7.5%) to $0.46 on average volume. Throughout the day, 309,837 shares of U S Geothermal exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 356,000 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $0.44-$0.47 after having opened the day at $0.45 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $0.43.

U S Geothermal has a market cap of $49.9 million and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are up 26.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday.

Editor's Note: Any reference to TheStreet Ratings and its underlying recommendation does not reflect the opinion of TheStreet, Inc. or any of its contributors including Jim Cramer or Stephanie Link.