Utilities Stocks On The Rise With Help From 4 Stocks

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All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 82 points (-0.5%) at 15,473 as of Friday, July 26, 2013, 12:49 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,028 issues advancing vs. 1,878 declining with 105 unchanged.

The Utilities sector currently sits down 0.5% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.4%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Energy Company of Parana ( ELP), down 2.8%, CPFL Energy ( CPL), down 1.6%, Empresa Nacional de ElectricidadSA ( EOC), down 1.5%, NiSource ( NI), down 1.1% and CenterPoint Energy ( CNP), down 1.1%.

TheStreet would like to highlight 4 stocks pushing the sector higher today:

4. PVR Partners ( PVR) is one of the companies pushing the Utilities sector higher today. As of noon trading, PVR Partners is up $0.57 (2.2%) to $26.71 on average volume. Thus far, 177,466 shares of PVR Partners exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 389,100 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $26.00-$26.78 after having opened the day at $26.07 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $26.14.

PVR Partners, L.P. engages in the gathering and processing of natural gas; and management of coal and natural resource properties in the United States. The company operates in three segments: Eastern Midstream, Midcontinent Midstream, and Coal and Natural Resource Management. PVR Partners has a market cap of $2.6 billion and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are up 0.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate PVR Partners a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates PVR Partners as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, compelling growth in net income, good cash flow from operations, increase in stock price during the past year and growth in earnings per share. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated. Get the full PVR Partners Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, Calpine ( CPN) is up $0.25 (1.3%) to $19.93 on average volume. Thus far, 1.9 million shares of Calpine exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $19.51-$20.06 after having opened the day at $19.51 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $19.68.

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 $9.2 billion and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are up 8.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. 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, disappointing return on equity, poor profit margins, weak operating cash flow and generally high debt management risk. Get the full Calpine Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, PG&E ( PCG) is up $0.41 (0.9%) to $46.02 on average volume. Thus far, 1.2 million shares of PG&E exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $45.42-$46.14 after having opened the day at $45.54 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $45.61.

PG&E Corporation, through its subsidiary, Pacific Gas and Electric Company, operates as a public utility company in northern and central California. PG&E has a market cap of $20.0 billion and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are up 13.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate PG&E a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates PG&E as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, reasonable valuation levels, increase in net income, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full PG&E Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, American Electric Power ( AEP) is up $0.21 (0.5%) to $46.02 on average volume. Thus far, 1.6 million shares of American Electric Power exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $45.58-$46.06 after having opened the day at $46.01 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $45.81.

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. Shares are up 7.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate American Electric Power a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 9 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 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 American Electric Power 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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