4 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 154 points (1.2%) at 12,742 as of Monday, Nov. 19, 2012, 11:50 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 2,629 issues advancing vs. 338 declining with 70 unchanged.

The Utilities sector currently sits up 0.4% versus the S&P 500, which is up 1.5%. A company within the sector that fell today was Centrais Eletricas Brasileiras ( EBR.B), up 7.0%.

TheStreet Ratings group would like to highlight 4 stocks pushing the sector lower today:

4. Centrais Eletricas Brasileiras ( EBR) is one of the companies pushing the Utilities sector lower today. As of noon trading, Centrais Eletricas Brasileiras is down $0.27 (-6.1%) to $4.16 on average volume Thus far, 604,006 shares of Centrais Eletricas Brasileiras exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $4.14-$4.31 after having opened the day at $4.22 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $4.43.

Centrais Eletricas Brasileiras S.A. Eletrobras, together with its subsidiaries, engages in the generation, transmission, and distribution of electricity in Brazil. Centrais Eletricas Brasileiras has a market cap of $6.8 billion and is part of the utilities industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 0.0, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 54.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are no analysts that rate Centrais Eletricas Brasileiras a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Centrais Eletricas Brasileiras as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income and attractive valuation levels. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including weak operating cash flow, a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself and poor profit margins. Get the full Centrais Eletricas Brasileiras Ratings Report now.

3. As of noon trading, Xcel Energy ( XEL) is down $0.27 (-1.0%) to $26.00 on average volume Thus far, 1.2 million shares of Xcel Energy exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $26.00-$26.42 after having opened the day at $26.34 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $26.27.

Xcel Energy Inc., through its subsidiaries, engages in the generation, purchase, transmission, distribution, and sale of electricity in the United States. The company generates electricity using coal, natural gas, nuclear, hydro, solar, waste, biomass, oil, and wind energy sources. Xcel Energy has a market cap of $12.7 billion and is part of the utilities industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 14.0, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 4.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate Xcel Energy a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 10 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Xcel Energy as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its growth in earnings per share, increase in net income, expanding profit margins, notable return on equity and attractive valuation levels. 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 Xcel Energy Ratings Report now.

2. As of noon trading, Edison International ( EIX) is down $0.40 (-0.9%) to $44.06 on average volume Thus far, 945,567 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 $44.05-$44.69 after having opened the day at $44.69 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $44.46.

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 $14.3 billion and is part of the utilities industry. The company has a P/E ratio of -40.5, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 5.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. 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 solid stock price performance. 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.

1. As of noon trading, American Electric Power ( AEP) is down $0.23 (-0.6%) to $41.29 on average volume Thus far, 936,455 shares of American Electric Power exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $41.23-$41.75 after having opened the day at $41.66 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $41.52.

American Electric Power Company, Inc., a public utility holding company, engages in the generation, transmission, and distribution of electric power to retail customers. It generates electricity using coal and lignite, natural gas, nuclear energy, and hydroelectric energy. American Electric Power has a market cap of $19.9 billion and is part of the utilities industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 13.7, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 0.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 9 analysts that rate American Electric Power a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates American Electric Power as a buy. The company's strongest point has been its expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full American Electric Power Ratings Report now.

If you are interested in one of these 4 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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