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

Dow Jones Industrial Average

(

^DJI

) trading down 48 points (-0.3%) at 16,332 as of Monday, Oct. 20, 2014, 1:10 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,955 issues advancing vs. 1,088 declining with 123 unchanged.

The Utilities sector currently sits up 0.7% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.4%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include

Centrais Eletricas Brasileiras

(

EBR.B

), down 3.3%,

Huaneng Power International

(

HNP

), down 2.3%,

Companhia De Saneamento Basico Do Estado De

(

SBS

), down 1.7% and

AES Corporation

(

AES

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

Cleco

(

CNL

), up 10.5%,

Korea Electric Power

(

KEP

), up 2.2%,

ONEOK

(

OKE

), up 1.9%,

NiSource

(

NI

), up 2.0% and

Southern

(

SO

), up 1.2%.

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

3.

Centrais Eletricas Brasileiras

(

EBR

) is one of the companies pushing the Utilities sector lower today. As of noon trading, Centrais Eletricas Brasileiras is down $0.13 (-4.5%) to $2.76 on light volume. Thus far, 189,379 shares of Centrais Eletricas Brasileiras exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 847,300 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $2.76-$2.82 after having opened the day at $2.80 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $2.89.

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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 $3.6 billion and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are up 11.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are no analysts that rate Centrais Eletricas Brasileiras a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

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. Get the full

Centrais Eletricas Brasileiras Ratings Report

now.

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2. As of noon trading,

CPFL Energy

(

CPL

) is down $0.58 (-3.6%) to $15.36 on light volume. Thus far, 94,510 shares of CPFL Energy exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 382,100 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $15.31-$15.56 after having opened the day at $15.52 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $15.94.

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CPFL Energia S.A., together with its subsidiaries, generates, distributes, and commercializes electricity to industrial, residential, commercial, rural, and other consumers in Brazil. CPFL Energy has a market cap of $7.3 billion and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are down 0.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 2 analysts that rate CPFL Energy a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

CPFL Energy

as a

hold

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, increase in net income and notable return on equity. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself, generally higher debt management risk and weak operating cash flow. Get the full

CPFL Energy Ratings Report

now.

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1. As of noon trading,

Energy Company of Parana

(

ELP

) is down $0.58 (-4.0%) to $13.78 on light volume. Thus far, 206,723 shares of Energy Company of Parana exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 559,600 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $13.75-$14.16 after having opened the day at $14.12 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $14.36.

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Companhia Paranaense de Energia - COPEL is engaged in the generation, transmission, distribution, and sale of electricity to industrial, residential, commercial, and rural customers primarily in the State of Parana, Brazil. Energy Company of Parana has a market cap of $3.8 billion and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are up 9.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are no analysts that rate Energy Company of Parana a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Energy Company of Parana

as a

hold

. 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 and attractive valuation levels. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including poor profit margins, weak operating cash flow and a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself. Get the full

Energy Company of Parana 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

).

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