4 Stocks Pushing The Utilities Sector Lower

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One out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 15 points (-0.1%) at 14,074 as of Monday, March 4, 2013, 12:05 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,220 issues advancing vs. 1,591 declining with 184 unchanged.

The Utilities sector currently sits up 0.2% versus the S&P 500, which is unchanged. A company within the sector that fell today was Centrais Eletricas Brasileiras ( EBR.B), up 1.0%. Top gainers within the sector include Edison International ( EIX), up 1.1%, PG&E ( PCG), up 0.9% and TransCanada ( TRP), up 0.8%.

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

4. Atlantic Power Corporation ( AT) is one of the companies pushing the Utilities sector lower today. As of noon trading, Atlantic Power Corporation is down $0.80 (-11.2%) to $6.32 on heavy volume Thus far, 4.0 million shares of Atlantic Power Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 828,400 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $6.23-$6.69 after having opened the day at $6.67 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $7.12.

Atlantic Power Corporation operates as a power generation and infrastructure company with a portfolio of assets in the United States and Canada. Atlantic Power Corporation has a market cap of $1.2 billion and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are down 12.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there is 1 analyst that rates Atlantic Power Corporation a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Atlantic Power Corporation as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its generally high debt management risk, disappointing return on equity and generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself. Get the full Atlantic Power Corporation Ratings Report now.

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