NEE, D, SO, EXC And DUK, Pushing Utilities Sector Downward

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All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 84 points (-0.5%) at 15,367 as of Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2013, 12:50 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,073 issues advancing vs. 1,847 declining with 114 unchanged.

The Utilities sector currently sits down 0.4% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.3%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Korea Electric Power ( KEP), down 1.1%, PG&E ( PCG), down 1.0%, Consolidated Edison ( ED), down 1.1%, Public Service Enterprise Group ( PEG), down 1.1% and TransCanada ( TRP), down 0.8%.

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

5. NextEra Energy ( NEE) is one of the companies pushing the Utilities sector lower today. As of noon trading, NextEra Energy is down $0.73 (-0.9%) to $84.37 on light volume. Thus far, 624,083 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 $84.02-$85.23 after having opened the day at $85.00 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $85.10.

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 $36.3 billion and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are up 23.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. 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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4. As of noon trading, Dominion Resources ( D) is down $1.33 (-2.2%) to $58.92 on light volume. Thus far, 1.0 million shares of Dominion Resources exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $58.81-$60.22 after having opened the day at $60.07 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $60.25.

Dominion Resources, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, engages in producing and transporting energy in the United States. The company operates through three segments: Dominion Virginia Power (DVP), Dominion Generation, and Dominion Energy. Dominion Resources has a market cap of $34.8 billion and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are up 16.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate Dominion Resources a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 9 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Dominion Resources as a buy. Among the primary strengths of the company is its solid stock performance, considering both the consistency and magnitude of the price movement over time. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full Dominion Resources Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, Southern ( SO) is down $0.32 (-0.7%) to $43.46 on average volume. Thus far, 1.9 million shares of Southern exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $43.35-$43.73 after having opened the day at $43.65 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $43.78.

The Southern Company, together with its subsidiaries, operates as a public electric utility company. Southern has a market cap of $37.9 billion and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are up 2.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there is 1 analyst that rates Southern a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 12 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Southern as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, good cash flow from operations and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself. Get the full Southern Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Exelon ( EXC) is down $0.22 (-0.7%) to $30.20 on light volume. Thus far, 2.0 million shares of Exelon exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $30.01-$30.34 after having opened the day at $30.33 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $30.42.

Exelon Corporation, a utility services holding company, engages in the energy generation and distribution business in the United States. Exelon has a market cap of $26.6 billion and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are up 2.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate Exelon a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 14 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Exelon as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in net income, revenue growth 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, disappointing return on equity and weak operating cash flow. Get the full Exelon Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Duke Energy Corporation ( DUK) is down $1.19 (-1.7%) to $68.85 on average volume. Thus far, 1.5 million shares of Duke Energy Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $68.73-$70.19 after having opened the day at $70.08 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $70.04.

Duke Energy Corporation operates as an energy company in the United States and Latin America. The company operates in three segments: U.S. Franchised Electric and Gas, Commercial Power, and International Energy. The U.S. Duke Energy Corporation has a market cap of $50.0 billion and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are up 11.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate Duke Energy Corporation a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 10 rate it a hold.

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

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If you are interested in one of these 3 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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