Today's Stocks Driving Success For The Utilities Sector

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All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 57 points (-0.4%) at 15,601 as of Monday, Aug. 5, 2013, 12:50 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,233 issues advancing vs. 1,686 declining with 120 unchanged.

The Utilities sector currently sits down 0.3% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.2%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include CenterPoint Energy ( CNP), down 1.5%, Korea Electric Power ( KEP), down 1.2%, Public Service Enterprise Group ( PEG), down 0.9% and TransCanada ( TRP), down 0.8%.

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

4. Suburban Propane Partners ( SPH) is one of the companies pushing the Utilities sector higher today. As of noon trading, Suburban Propane Partners is up $0.82 (1.8%) to $47.52 on average volume. Thus far, 154,402 shares of Suburban Propane Partners exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 251,300 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $46.58-$47.53 after having opened the day at $46.75 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $46.70.

Suburban Propane Partners, L.P., through its subsidiaries, engages in the retail marketing and distribution of propane, fuel oil, and refined fuels. Suburban Propane Partners has a market cap of $2.9 billion and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are up 20.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 2 analysts that rate Suburban Propane Partners a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Suburban Propane Partners as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, compelling growth in net income, good cash flow from operations, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and impressive record of earnings per share growth. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity. Get the full Suburban Propane Partners Ratings Report now.

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