3 Stocks Dragging In The Utilities Sector

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All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 11 points (0.1%) at 15,533 as of Tuesday, July 30, 2013, 12:50 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,505 issues advancing vs. 1,392 declining with 116 unchanged.

The Utilities sector currently sits down 0.1% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.2%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include TransAlta Corporation ( TAC), down 4.9%, Centrais Eletricas Brasileiras ( EBR), down 3.7%, Centrais Eletricas Brasileiras ( EBR.B), down 2.8%, Empresa Nacional de ElectricidadSA ( EOC), down 1.8% and Enersis ( ENI), down 1.5%. Top gainers within the sector include NextEra Energy ( NEE), up 1.4%, Edison International ( EIX), up 0.9%, FirstEnergy ( FE), up 0.7% and Korea Electric Power ( KEP), up 0.6%.

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

3. CPFL Energy ( CPL) is one of the companies pushing the Utilities sector lower today. As of noon trading, CPFL Energy is down $0.39 (-2.0%) to $18.71 on light volume. Thus far, 80,411 shares of CPFL Energy exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 395,000 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $18.67-$19.07 after having opened the day at $19.03 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $19.10.

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 $9.1 billion and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are down 10.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are no analysts that rate CPFL Energy a buy, no analysts rate 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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