4 Stocks Pushing The Utilities Sector Higher

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All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 63 points (0.4%) at 14,888 as of Thursday, Aug. 29, 2013, 12:45 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,979 issues advancing vs. 942 declining with 102 unchanged.

The Utilities sector currently sits down 0.2% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.5%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include American Water Works ( AWK), down 1.1%, PG&E ( PCG), down 0.8%, EQT ( EQT), down 0.9%, Public Service Enterprise Group ( PEG), down 0.9% and Edison International ( EIX), down 0.6%.

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

4. Korea Electric Power ( KEP) is one of the companies pushing the Utilities sector higher today. As of noon trading, Korea Electric Power is up $0.41 (3.1%) to $13.75 on heavy volume. Thus far, 1.0 million shares of Korea Electric Power exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 364,000 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $13.66-$13.76 after having opened the day at $13.69 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $13.34.

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 $16.3 billion and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are down 6.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. 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 area that we feel has been the company's primary weakness has been its feeble growth in its earnings per share. Get the full Korea Electric Power Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, Empresa Nacional de ElectricidadSA ( EOC) is up $0.04 (0.1%) to $40.09 on light volume. Thus far, 6,840 shares of Empresa Nacional de ElectricidadSA exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 126,100 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $40.00-$40.22 after having opened the day at $40.16 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $40.05.

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 $11.0 billion and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are down 18.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. 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 deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity and a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself. Get the full Empresa Nacional de ElectricidadSA Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Enersis ( ENI) is up $0.01 (0.1%) to $15.29 on light volume. Thus far, 70,960 shares of Enersis exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 596,000 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $15.19-$15.40 after having opened the day at $15.30 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $15.28.

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 $9.9 billion and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are down 16.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 2 analysts that rate 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 impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income and revenue growth. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the stock has had a generally disappointing performance in the past year. Get the full Enersis Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Entergy ( ETR) is up $0.56 (0.9%) to $62.87 on light volume. Thus far, 481,371 shares of Entergy exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $62.31-$63.20 after having opened the day at $62.72 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $62.31.

Entergy Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, engages in the electric power production and retail electric distribution operations in the United States. The company generates electricity through various sources, such as gas/oil, nuclear, coal, and hydro power. Entergy has a market cap of $11.2 billion and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are down 1.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate Entergy a buy, 3 analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Entergy as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth and reasonable valuation levels. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full Entergy 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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