3 Stocks Underperforming Today In The Utilities Sector

All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 66 points (0.4%) at 14,999 as of Wednesday, July 3, 2013, 12:51 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,256 issues advancing vs. 1,690 declining with 89 unchanged.

The Utilities sector currently is unchanged today versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.2%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Atlas Energy ( ATLS), down 6.5%, Companhia De Saneamento Basico Do Estado De ( SBS), down 1.6%, TransCanada ( TRP), down 0.6% and PPL ( PPL), down 0.5%. Top gainers within the sector include Centrais Eletricas Brasileiras ( EBR), up 1.0%, Enersis ( ENI), up 0.8% and Empresa Nacional de ElectricidadSA ( EOC), up 0.5%.

TheStreet would like to highlight 3 stocks pushing the sector lower today:

3. Korea Electric Power ( KEP) is one of the companies pushing the Utilities sector lower today. As of noon trading, Korea Electric Power is down $0.12 (-1.0%) to $11.45 on average volume. Thus far, 210,843 shares of Korea Electric Power exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 461,700 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $11.41-$11.48 after having opened the day at $11.45 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $11.57.

Korea Electric Power Corporation, an integrated electric utility company, engages in the generation, transmission, and distribution of electricity in Korea. Korea Electric Power has a market cap of $14.3 billion and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are down 17.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. 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 generally high debt management risk and poor profit margins. Get the full Korea Electric Power Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Calpine ( CPN) is down $0.14 (-0.7%) to $20.56 on light volume. Thus far, 1.3 million shares of Calpine exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $20.46-$20.80 after having opened the day at $20.68 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $20.71.

Calpine Corporation, a wholesale power generation company, owns and operates natural gas-fired and geothermal power plants in North America. It operates natural gas-fired combustion turbines and renewable geothermal conventional steam turbines, as well as cogeneration power plants. Calpine has a market cap of $9.5 billion and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are up 15.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 9 analysts that rate Calpine a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Calpine as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its deteriorating net income, premium valuation, poor profit margins, weak operating cash flow and generally high debt management risk. Get the full Calpine Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Southern ( SO) is down $0.22 (-0.5%) to $43.40 on average volume. Thus far, 1.8 million shares of Southern exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $43.27-$43.52 after having opened the day at $43.44 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $43.61.

The Southern Company, together with its subsidiaries, operates as a public electric utility company. Southern has a market cap of $38.1 billion and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are up 1.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there is 1 analyst that rates Southern a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 12 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Southern as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, good cash flow from operations 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 Southern Ratings Report now.

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If you are interested in one of these 4 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).

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