EOC, KEP, ENI, NI And NRG, 5 Utilities Stocks Pushing The Sector Lower

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All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 44 points (-0.3%) at 15,515 as of Monday, July 29, 2013, 12:50 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 829 issues advancing vs. 2,095 declining with 99 unchanged.

The Utilities sector currently is unchanged today versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.4%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Centrais Eletricas Brasileiras ( EBR.B), down 3.2%, Centrais Eletricas Brasileiras ( EBR), down 3.2% and ONEOK ( OKE), down 1.0%. Top gainers within the sector include NextEra Energy ( NEE), up 1.8%, TransCanada ( TRP), up 1.3%, DTE Energy Holding Company ( DTE), up 1.1%, American Electric Power ( AEP), up 1.0% and Consolidated Edison ( ED), up 0.8%.

TheStreet 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 $0.55 (-1.3%) to $40.43 on light volume. Thus far, 12,169 shares of Empresa Nacional de ElectricidadSA exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 113,900 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $40.43-$40.88 after having opened the day at $40.77 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $40.98.

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 $11.4 billion and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are down 16.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there is 1 analyst that rates 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, Korea Electric Power ( KEP) is down $0.12 (-0.9%) to $12.51 on light volume. Thus far, 82,015 shares of Korea Electric Power exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 398,200 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $12.47-$12.66 after having opened the day at $12.51 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $12.63.

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 $15.8 billion and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are down 9.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. 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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3. As of noon trading, Enersis ( ENI) is down $0.20 (-1.3%) to $15.57 on light volume. Thus far, 174,622 shares of Enersis exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 619,500 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $15.57-$15.75 after having opened the day at $15.60 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $15.77.

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 $10.4 billion and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are down 13.6% 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, reasonable 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, NiSource ( NI) is down $0.32 (-1.0%) to $30.86 on light volume. Thus far, 687,180 shares of NiSource exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $30.82-$31.22 after having opened the day at $31.04 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $31.18.

NiSource Inc., an energy holding company, through its subsidiaries, provides natural gas, electricity, and other products and services. It operates in three segments: Gas Distribution Operations, Gas Transmission and Storage Operations, and Electric Operations. NiSource has a market cap of $9.8 billion and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are up 26.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 2 analysts that rate NiSource a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates NiSource as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, increase in stock price during the past year, compelling growth in net income, growth in earnings per share and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full NiSource Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, NRG Energy ( NRG) is down $0.29 (-1.1%) to $27.38 on light volume. Thus far, 1.1 million shares of NRG Energy exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $27.21-$27.65 after having opened the day at $27.59 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $27.67.

NRG Energy, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, operates as an integrated wholesale power generation and retail electricity company. The company engages in the ownership, development, construction, expansion, modification, refurbishment, and operation of power generation facilities. NRG Energy has a market cap of $8.9 billion and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are up 19.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate NRG Energy a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates NRG Energy as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, reasonable valuation levels and notable return on equity. 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 NRG Energy 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).
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