5 Stocks Pushing The Utilities Sector Higher

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One out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 17 points (-0.1%) at 12,949 as of Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2012, 11:49 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,707 issues advancing vs. 1,183 declining with 148 unchanged.

The Utilities sector currently sits up 0.5% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.0%. Top gainers within the sector include Centrais Eletricas Brasileiras ( EBR.B), up 6.8%, and Centrais Eletricas Brasileiras ( EBR), up 5.8%.

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

5. CPFL Energy ( CPL) is one of the companies pushing the Utilities sector higher today. As of noon trading, CPFL Energy is up $0.58 (2.7%) to $21.90 on light volume Thus far, 159,291 shares of CPFL Energy exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 498,500 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $21.65-$21.91 after having opened the day at $21.69 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $21.32.

CPFL Energia S.A., through its subsidiaries, engages in the generation, distribution, and sale of electric energy in Brazil. It generates electricity through hydroelectric, thermoelectric, sugarcane biomass, and wind power plants. CPFL Energy has a market cap of $10.2 billion and is part of the utilities industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 16.6, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 24.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are no analysts that rate CPFL Energy a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 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 generally higher debt management risk, poor profit margins and weak operating cash flow. Get the full CPFL Energy Ratings Report now.

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4. As of noon trading, Edison International ( EIX) is up $0.40 (0.9%) to $44.84 on average volume Thus far, 683,492 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 $44.47-$44.85 after having opened the day at $44.56 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $44.43.

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 $14.2 billion and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are up 5.0% 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.

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3. As of noon trading, PPL ( PPL) is up $0.42 (1.5%) to $28.86 on light volume Thus far, 1.3 million shares of PPL exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $28.52-$28.88 after having opened the day at $28.56 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $28.44.

PPL Corporation, an energy and utility holding company, engages in the generation, transmission, distribution, and sale of electricity to wholesale and retail customers in the United States and the United Kingdom. PPL has a market cap of $16.3 billion and is part of the utilities industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 10.0, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 4.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate PPL a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates PPL as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its notable return on equity, expanding profit margins and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full PPL Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Exelon ( EXC) is up $0.69 (2.4%) to $30.01 on heavy volume Thus far, 7.3 million shares of Exelon exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 7.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $29.43-$30.06 after having opened the day at $29.54 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $29.32.

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 $24.4 billion and is part of the utilities industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 15.2, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 34.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there is 1 analyst that rates Exelon a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 16 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Exelon as a hold. 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. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself, feeble growth in the company's earnings per share and deteriorating net income. Get the full Exelon Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Duke Energy Corporation ( DUK) is up $0.64 (1.0%) to $61.95 on light volume Thus far, 1.3 million shares of Duke Energy Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $61.31-$61.98 after having opened the day at $61.45 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $61.31.

Duke Energy Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, operates as an energy company in the United States and Latin America. The company operates in three segments: U.S. Franchised Electric and Gas, Commercial Power, and International Energy. The U.S. Duke Energy Corporation has a market cap of $42.6 billion and is part of the utilities industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 19.2, above 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 3 analysts that rate Duke Energy Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 14 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Duke Energy Corporation as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, increase in net income, good cash flow from operations, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity. Get the full Duke Energy Corporation Ratings Report now.

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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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