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 84 points (0.6%) at 15,176 as of Tuesday, May 14, 2013, 12:50 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 2,014 issues advancing vs. 928 declining with 109 unchanged.

The Utilities sector currently sits up 0.8% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.9%. Top gainers within the sector include CenterPoint Energy ( CNP), up 1.6%, Korea Electric Power ( KEP), up 1.6%, Sempra Energy ( SRE), up 1.5%, EQT ( EQT), up 1.5% and Dominion Resources ( D), up 1.3%.

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

4. National Electricity Company of Chile ( EOC) is one of the companies pushing the Utilities sector lower today. As of noon trading, National Electricity Company of Chile is down $0.43 (-0.8%) to $50.60 on light volume Thus far, 16,072 shares of National Electricity Company of Chile exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 86,700 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $50.43-$50.90 after having opened the day at $50.90 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $51.03.

Empresa Nacional de Electricidad S.A., an electricity utility company, engages in the generation and transmission of electricity in Chile, Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, and Peru. It produces electricity through hydroelectric, thermal, and wind power sources. National Electricity Company of Chile has a market cap of $14.1 billion and is part of the utilities industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 28.9, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 4.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday.

TheStreet Ratings rates National Electricity Company of Chile as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself, deteriorating net income and weak operating cash flow. Get the full National Electricity Company of Chile Ratings Report now.

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