5 Utilities Stocks Nudging The Sector Higher

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One out of the three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 13 points (0.1%) at 15,338 as of Friday, May 31, 2013, 12:50 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 963 issues advancing vs. 1,995 declining with 88 unchanged.

The Utilities sector currently is unchanged today versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.09. Top gainers within the sector include Sempra Energy ( SRE), up 1.6%, Entergy ( ETR), up 1.2% and PG&E ( PCG), up 0.9%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Centrais Eletricas Brasileiras ( EBR), down 4.89, and Centrais Eletricas Brasileiras ( EBR.B), down 2.45.

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

5. American Electric Power ( AEP) is one of the companies pushing the Utilities sector higher today. As of noon trading, American Electric Power is up $0.26 (0.56) to $46.35 on average volume Thus far, 1.3 million shares of American Electric Power exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $45.77-$46.71 after having opened the day at $45.97 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $46.09.

American Electric Power Company, Inc., a public utility holding company, engages in the generation, transmission, and distribution of electric power to retail customers. The company generates electricity using coal and lignite, natural gas, nuclear energy, and hydroelectric energy. American Electric Power has a market cap of $22.5 billion and is part of the utilities industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 18.1, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 8.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate American Electric Power a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 10 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates American Electric Power as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance and reasonable valuation levels. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full American Electric Power Ratings Report now.

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