4 Stocks Pushing The Utilities Sector Higher

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One out of the three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 7 points (0.0%) at 14,818 as of Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2013, 12:45 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,623 issues advancing vs. 1,312 declining with 88 unchanged.

The Utilities sector currently sits down 0.4% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.3%. Top gainers within the sector include Centrais Eletricas Brasileiras ( EBR), up 6.1%, and Centrais Eletricas Brasileiras ( EBR.B), up 3.5%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Wisconsin Energy Corporation ( WEC), down 1.9%, Korea Electric Power ( KEP), down 1.5%, DTE Energy Holding Company ( DTE), down 1.4%, Public Service Enterprise Group ( PEG), down 1.3% and Xcel Energy ( XEL), down 1.3%.

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

4. Empresa Nacional de ElectricidadSA ( EOC) is one of the companies pushing the Utilities sector higher today. As of noon trading, Empresa Nacional de ElectricidadSA is up $0.54 (1.4%) to $40.68 on light volume. Thus far, 29,564 shares of Empresa Nacional de ElectricidadSA exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 125,600 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $40.23-$41.05 after having opened the day at $40.58 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $40.13.

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. 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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