5 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 8 points (0.1%) at 15,256 as of Monday, June 10, 2013, 12:50 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,353 issues advancing vs. 1,578 declining with 107 unchanged.

The Utilities sector currently sits up 0.5% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.1%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Companhia De Saneamento Basico Do Estado De ( SBS), down 4.58, and Centrais Eletricas Brasileiras ( EBR.B), down 2.36.

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

5. Empresa Nacional de ElectricidadSA ( EOC) is one of the companies pushing the Utilities sector lower today. As of noon trading, Empresa Nacional de ElectricidadSA is down $0.67 (-1.4%) to $46.30 on light volume Thus far, 31,284 shares of Empresa Nacional de ElectricidadSA exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 96,500 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $46.09-$47.20 after having opened the day at $47.11 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $46.97.

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. Empresa Nacional de ElectricidadSA has a market cap of $12.9 billion and is part of the utilities industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 26.4, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 3.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 2 analysts that rate Empresa Nacional de ElectricidadSA a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Empresa Nacional de ElectricidadSA as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its expanding profit margins and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including weak operating cash flow, a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself and disappointing return on equity. Get the full Empresa Nacional de ElectricidadSA Ratings Report now.

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4. As of noon trading, CPFL Energy ( CPL) is down $0.36 (-1.7%) to $20.55 on average volume Thus far, 158,655 shares of CPFL Energy exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 332,900 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $20.46-$20.78 after having opened the day at $20.72 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $20.91.

CPFL Energia S.A., through its subsidiaries, distributes, generates, and commercializes electricity in Brazil. The company operates in five segments: Distribution, Conventional Generation Sources, Renewable Generation Sources, Commercialization, and Services. CPFL Energy has a market cap of $10.1 billion and is part of the utilities industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 16.5, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 0.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. 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. Among the primary strengths of the company is its respectable return on equity which we feel is likely to continue. At the same time, however, we also find weaknesses including feeble growth in the company's earnings per share, deteriorating net income and generally higher debt management risk. Get the full CPFL Energy Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, Enersis ( ENI) is down $0.23 (-1.4%) to $16.05 on average volume Thus far, 430,036 shares of Enersis exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 903,200 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $16.03-$16.60 after having opened the day at $16.60 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $16.28.

Enersis S.A., an electric utility company, through its subsidiaries and jointly-controlled entities, engages in the electricity generation, transmission, and distribution businesses in Chile, Brazil, Colombia, Peru, and Argentina. Enersis has a market cap of $10.8 billion and is part of the utilities industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 13.8, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 10.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there is 1 analyst that rates Enersis a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Enersis as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, attractive valuation levels and good cash flow from operations. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including unimpressive growth in net income, disappointing return on equity and poor profit margins. Get the full Enersis Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Sempra Energy ( SRE) is down $0.57 (-0.7%) to $79.62 on light volume Thus far, 231,361 shares of Sempra Energy exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $79.20-$80.17 after having opened the day at $80.17 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $80.19.

Sempra Energy, through its subsidiaries, operates as an energy services company. The company's San Diego Gas & Electric Company segment is involved in the generation, transmission, and distribution electricity; and sale, distribution, and transportation of natural gas in California. Sempra Energy has a market cap of $19.5 billion and is part of the utilities industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 24.8, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 13.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate Sempra Energy a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Sempra Energy as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, good cash flow from operations and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full Sempra Energy Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Edison International ( EIX) is down $0.53 (-1.1%) to $47.08 on heavy volume Thus far, 2.5 million shares of Edison International exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $46.99-$47.51 after having opened the day at $47.47 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $47.61.

Edison International, through its subsidiaries, generates and distributes electric power. It also invests in transportation infrastructure and energy assets, including renewable energy in the Netherlands, Australia, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom. Edison International has a market cap of $15.1 billion and is part of the utilities industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 9.1, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 5.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate Edison International a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Edison International as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its compelling growth in net income, revenue growth, notable return on equity, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and impressive record of earnings per share growth. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full Edison International Ratings Report now.

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If you are interested in one of these 5 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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