5 Stocks Pushing The Utilities Sector Lower

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All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 146 points (1.1%) at 13,259 as of Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012, 11:49 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 2,070 issues advancing vs. 801 declining with 135 unchanged.

The Utilities sector currently sits up 0.2% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.9%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Atlantic Power Corporation ( AT), down 9.3%, Korea Electric Power ( KEP), down 2.6% and Centrais Eletricas Brasileiras ( EBR.B), down 1.2%. Top gainers within the sector include Integrys Energy Group ( TEG), up 2.1%, American Water Works ( AWK), up 1.5% and TransCanada ( TRP), up 0.6%.

TheStreet Ratings group would like to highlight 5 stocks pushing the sector lower today:

5. Entergy ( ETR) is one of the companies pushing the Utilities sector lower today. As of noon trading, Entergy is down $0.81 (-1.2%) to $66.26 on heavy volume Thus far, 1.1 million shares of Entergy exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 900,700 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $65.69-$67.49 after having opened the day at $67.24 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $67.07.

Entergy Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, engages in the electric power production and retail electric distribution operations in the United States. The company operates in two segments, Utility and Entergy Wholesale Commodities. Entergy has a market cap of $12.6 billion and is part of the utilities industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 12.7, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 7.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 2 analysts that rate Entergy a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 9 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Entergy as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in net income, increase in stock price during the past year and growth in earnings per share. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated. Get the full Entergy Ratings Report now.

4. As of noon trading, Edison International ( EIX) is down $0.29 (-0.6%) to $45.73 on light volume Thus far, 341,434 shares of Edison International exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $45.48-$46.15 after having opened the day at $46.01 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $46.02.

Edison International, through its subsidiaries, engages in the generation and distribution of electric power. It operates in two segments, Electric Utility and Competitive Power Generation. Edison International has a market cap of $15.2 billion and is part of the utilities industry. The company has a P/E ratio of -43.2, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 12.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 9 analysts that rate Edison International a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Edison International as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full Edison International Ratings Report now.

3. As of noon trading, NextEra Energy ( NEE) is down $0.45 (-0.7%) to $69.16 on light volume Thus far, 412,660 shares of NextEra Energy exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $69.03-$69.69 after having opened the day at $69.60 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $69.61.

NextEra Energy, Inc., through its subsidiaries, engages in the generation, transmission, distribution, and sale of electric energy in the United States and Canada. The company is involved in the generation of renewable energy from wind and solar projects. NextEra Energy has a market cap of $29.5 billion and is part of the utilities industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 13.6, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 14.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 12 analysts that rate NextEra Energy a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates NextEra Energy as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, increase in net income, good cash flow from operations and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated. Get the full NextEra Energy Ratings Report now.

2. As of noon trading, Southern ( SO) is down $0.59 (-1.3%) to $44.03 on average volume Thus far, 2.4 million shares of Southern exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $44.01-$44.79 after having opened the day at $44.63 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $44.62.

The Southern Company operates as an electric utility company. It is involved in the generation, transmission, and distribution of electricity through coal, nuclear, oil and gas, and hydro resources. Southern has a market cap of $40.0 billion and is part of the utilities industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 18.3, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 3.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there is 1 analyst that rates Southern a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 13 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Southern as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in net income, expanding profit margins, growth in earnings per share, notable return on equity and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full Southern Ratings Report now.

1. As of noon trading, Exelon ( EXC) is down $0.31 (-1.0%) to $31.70 on average volume Thus far, 3.4 million shares of Exelon exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $31.60-$32.17 after having opened the day at $31.98 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $32.01.

Exelon Corporation, a utility services holding company, engages in the energy generation and distribution business in the United States. Exelon has a market cap of $28.0 billion and is part of the utilities industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 9.8, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 24.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 2 analysts that rate Exelon a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 15 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 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. Get the full Exelon Ratings Report now.

If you are interested in one of these 5 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).

A reminder about TheStreet Ratings group: TheStreet ratings do not represent the views of TheStreet's staff or its contributors. Ratings are established by computer based on metrics for performance (which includes growth, stock performance, efficiency and valuation) and risk (volatility and solvency). Companies with poor cash flow or high debt levels tend to earn lower ratings in our model.

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