5 Stocks Dragging The Utilities Sector Downward

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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 5 stocks pushing the sector lower today:

5. Sempra Energy ( SRE) is one of the companies pushing the Utilities sector lower today. As of noon trading, Sempra Energy is down $0.69 (-0.8%) to $87.91 on light volume. Thus far, 259,042 shares of Sempra Energy exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $87.58-$88.40 after having opened the day at $88.30 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $88.60.

Sempra Energy, through its subsidiaries, operates as an energy services company. The company's San Diego Gas & Electric Company segment is involved in the generation, transmission, and distribution electricity; and sale, distribution, and transportation of natural gas in California. Sempra Energy has a market cap of $21.6 billion and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are up 24.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate Sempra Energy a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Sempra Energy as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, good cash flow from operations and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full Sempra Energy Ratings Report now.

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4. As of noon trading, FirstEnergy ( FE) is down $0.84 (-2.2%) to $37.29 on average volume. Thus far, 1.8 million shares of FirstEnergy exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $37.05-$37.62 after having opened the day at $37.51 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $38.13.

FirstEnergy Corp., a diversified energy holding company, engages in the generation, transmission, and distribution of electricity in the United States. The company operates in Regulated Distribution, Regulated Transmission, and Competitive Energy Services segments. FirstEnergy has a market cap of $16.0 billion and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are down 8.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 2 analysts that rate FirstEnergy a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 11 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates FirstEnergy as a buy. Among the primary strengths of the company is its generally strong cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself. Get the full FirstEnergy Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, Edison International ( EIX) is down $0.53 (-1.1%) to $48.84 on average volume. Thus far, 1.2 million shares of Edison International exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $48.70-$49.46 after having opened the day at $49.30 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $49.37.

Edison International, through its subsidiaries, generates and distributes electric power. It also invests in transportation infrastructure and energy assets, including renewable energy in the Netherlands, Australia, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom. Edison International has a market cap of $16.3 billion and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are up 9.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 10 analysts that rate Edison International a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Edison International as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, good cash flow from operations, increase in stock price during the past year, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full Edison International Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, PG&E ( PCG) is down $0.47 (-1.0%) to $45.71 on light volume. Thus far, 679,630 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 $45.49-$46.01 after having opened the day at $46.01 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $46.18.

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 $20.6 billion and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are up 14.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate PG&E a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 7 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, compelling growth in net income, impressive record of earnings per share growth 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, NextEra Energy ( NEE) is down $0.72 (-0.8%) to $87.22 on light volume. Thus far, 579,011 shares of NextEra Energy exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $87.06-$87.81 after having opened the day at $87.81 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $87.94.

NextEra Energy, Inc., through its subsidiaries, engages in the generation, transmission, distribution, and sale of electric energy in the United States and Canada. The company is involved in the generation of renewable energy from wind and solar projects. NextEra Energy has a market cap of $37.5 billion and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are up 27.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 11 analysts that rate NextEra Energy a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates NextEra Energy as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, expanding profit margins, good cash flow from operations, increase in net income and solid stock price performance. 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 NextEra Energy 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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