5 Stocks Pushing The Utilities Sector Lower

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Two out of the three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 35 points (0.3%) at 14,006 as of Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013, 12:05 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,786 issues advancing vs. 1,060 declining with 154 unchanged.

The Utilities sector currently sits up 0.1% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.1%. A company within the sector that fell today was Centrais Eletricas Brasileiras ( EBR.B), up 2.9%.

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

5. CPFL Energy ( CPL) is one of the companies pushing the Utilities sector lower today. As of noon trading, CPFL Energy is down $0.27 (-1.3%) to $19.95 on light volume Thus far, 63,994 shares of CPFL Energy exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 443,900 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $19.95-$20.25 after having opened the day at $20.19 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $20.22.

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 $9.8 billion and is part of the utilities industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 15.9, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 2.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are no analysts that rate CPFL Energy a buy, 1 analyst rates 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, Korea Electric Power ( KEP) is down $0.32 (-2.2%) to $14.12 on light volume Thus far, 209,117 shares of Korea Electric Power exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 799,600 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $13.98-$14.14 after having opened the day at $14.06 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $14.44.

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 $18.6 billion and is part of the utilities industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 25.8, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 3.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. 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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3. As of noon trading, TransCanada ( TRP) is down $0.82 (-1.7%) to $47.34 on heavy volume Thus far, 437,991 shares of TransCanada exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 442,500 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $47.25-$48.00 after having opened the day at $47.78 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $48.16.

Transcanada Corporation operates as an energy infrastructure company in North America. The company operates in three segments: Natural Gas Pipelines, Oil Pipelines, and Energy. TransCanada has a market cap of $34.2 billion and is part of the utilities industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 24.9, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 2.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate TransCanada a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates TransCanada as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its expanding profit margins, good cash flow from operations and solid stock price performance. 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 TransCanada Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Questar ( STR) is down $0.51 (-2.1%) to $23.41 on heavy volume Thus far, 1.1 million shares of Questar exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $23.18-$23.75 after having opened the day at $23.63 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $23.92.

Questar Corporation operates as an integrated natural gas company in the United States. Questar has a market cap of $4.1 billion and is part of the utilities industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 20.1, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 19.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate Questar a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Questar as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its notable return on equity, expanding profit margins, good cash flow from operations 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 Questar Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Public Service Enterprise Group ( PEG) is down $0.20 (-0.6%) to $31.34 on light volume Thus far, 631,679 shares of Public Service Enterprise Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $31.26-$31.60 after having opened the day at $31.49 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $31.54.

Public Service Enterprise Group Incorporated, through its subsidiaries, operates as an energy company primarily in the northeastern and mid Atlantic United States. Public Service Enterprise Group has a market cap of $15.9 billion and is part of the utilities industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 11.3, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 2.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there is 1 analyst that rates Public Service Enterprise Group a buy, 3 analysts rate it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Public Service Enterprise Group as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in net income, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, expanding profit margins and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity. Get the full Public Service Enterprise Group 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).

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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