4 Stocks Pushing The Utilities Sector Higher

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All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 24 points (-0.2%) at 13,886 as of Thursday, Jan. 31, 2013, 11:49 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,305 issues advancing vs. 1,515 declining with 144 unchanged.

The Utilities sector currently sits down 0.2% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.3%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Centrais Eletricas Brasileiras ( EBR.B), down 2.1%, and CPFL Energy ( CPL), down 1.2%.

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

4. Korea Electric Power ( KEP) is one of the companies pushing the Utilities sector higher today. As of noon trading, Korea Electric Power is up $0.12 (0.8%) to $14.99 on light volume Thus far, 203,020 shares of Korea Electric Power exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 814,700 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $14.93-$14.99 after having opened the day at $14.93 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $14.87.

Korea Electric Power Corporation, an integrated electric utility company, engages in the generation, transmission, and distribution of electricity in Korea. The company generates power from nuclear, coal, oil, liquefied natural gas, hydro, wind, and solar sources. Korea Electric Power has a market cap of $20.6 billion and is part of the utilities industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 27.9, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 11.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there is 1 analyst that rates Korea Electric Power a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Korea Electric Power as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its poor profit margins and generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself. Get the full Korea Electric Power Ratings Report now.

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