5 Stocks Underperforming Today In The Utilities Sector

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All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 58 points (-0.4%) at 15,461 as of Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2013, 12:50 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 785 issues advancing vs. 2,161 declining with 94 unchanged.

The Utilities sector currently sits down 0.2% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.4%. A company within the sector that fell today was EQT ( EQT), up 1.2%. Top gainers within the sector include Dominion Resources ( D), up 1.3%, Exelon ( EXC), up 1.3%, PG&E ( PCG), up 1.0%, Edison International ( EIX), up 1.0% and American Electric Power ( AEP), up 0.7%.

TheStreet would like to highlight 5 stocks pushing the sector lower today:

5. Korea Electric Power ( KEP) is one of the companies pushing the Utilities sector lower today. As of noon trading, Korea Electric Power is down $0.12 (-1.0%) to $12.38 on light volume. Thus far, 26,215 shares of Korea Electric Power exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 349,300 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $12.36-$12.41 after having opened the day at $12.38 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $12.50.

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 $15.6 billion and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are down 10.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. 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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4. As of noon trading, Empresa Nacional de ElectricidadSA ( EOC) is down $0.70 (-1.7%) to $39.48 on average volume. Thus far, 62,725 shares of Empresa Nacional de ElectricidadSA exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 128,600 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $39.40-$40.02 after having opened the day at $40.02 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $40.18.

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 $11.1 billion and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are down 17.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. 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, good cash flow from operations and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself, deteriorating net income and disappointing return on equity. Get the full Empresa Nacional de ElectricidadSA Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, Enersis ( ENI) is down $0.22 (-1.4%) to $14.98 on average volume. Thus far, 261,546 shares of Enersis exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 618,400 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $14.81-$15.18 after having opened the day at $15.10 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $15.20.

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 $10.1 billion and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are down 16.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. 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, AmeriGas Partners ( APU) is down $1.30 (-2.9%) to $43.70 on heavy volume. Thus far, 210,620 shares of AmeriGas Partners exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 258,500 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $43.32-$44.70 after having opened the day at $44.57 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $45.00.

AmeriGas Partners, L.P. operates as a retail and wholesale distributor of propane gas, and related equipment and supplies in the United States. AmeriGas Partners has a market cap of $4.2 billion and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are up 18.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are no analysts that rate AmeriGas Partners a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates AmeriGas Partners as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in stock price during the past year, compelling growth in net income, revenue growth, growth in earnings per share and expanding profit margins. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results. Get the full AmeriGas Partners Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, TransCanada ( TRP) is down $0.69 (-1.5%) to $45.03 on average volume. Thus far, 316,464 shares of TransCanada exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 628,300 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $44.82-$45.40 after having opened the day at $45.23 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $45.72.

TransCanada Corporation operates as an energy infrastructure company in North America. The company operates in three segments: Natural Gas Pipelines, Oil Pipelines, and Energy. TransCanada has a market cap of $32.5 billion and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are down 3.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate TransCanada a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

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