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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