5 Stocks Pushing The Utilities Sector Downward

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All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 108 points (0.7%) at 14,942 as of Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2013, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 2,111 issues advancing vs. 816 declining with 96 unchanged.

The Utilities sector currently sits up 0.2% versus the S&P 500, which is up 1.3%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include EQT ( EQT), down 1.2%, Enersis ( ENI), down 0.6% and Huaneng Power International ( HNP), down 1.0%. A company within the sector that increased today was Dominion Resources ( D), up 0.9%.

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

5. American Water Works ( AWK) is one of the companies pushing the Utilities sector lower today. As of noon trading, American Water Works is down $0.87 (-2.2%) to $39.42 on heavy volume. Thus far, 1.3 million shares of American Water Works exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 782,400 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $39.18-$40.34 after having opened the day at $40.29 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $40.29.

American Water Works Company, Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides water and wastewater services in the United States and Canada. The company's Regulated Businesses segment offers water and wastewater services to approximately 1,500 communities in 16 states. American Water Works has a market cap of $7.3 billion and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are up 8.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 13 analysts that rate American Water Works a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates American Water Works as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its expanding profit margins and increase in stock price during the past year. 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 American Water Works Ratings Report now.

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4. As of noon trading, Calpine ( CPN) is down $0.14 (-0.7%) to $19.10 on light volume. Thus far, 697,314 shares of Calpine exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $18.95-$19.22 after having opened the day at $19.12 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $19.24.

Calpine Corporation, a wholesale power generation company, owns and operates natural gas-fired and geothermal power plants in North America. It operates natural gas-fired combustion turbines and renewable geothermal conventional steam turbines, as well as cogeneration power plants. Calpine has a market cap of $8.5 billion and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are up 6.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 8 analysts that rate Calpine a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Calpine 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 Calpine Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, DTE Energy Holding Company ( DTE) is down $0.27 (-0.4%) to $65.59 on average volume. Thus far, 501,661 shares of DTE Energy Holding Company exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 942,000 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $65.03-$65.89 after having opened the day at $65.74 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $65.86.

DTE Energy Company, together with its subsidiaries, operates as an energy company. The company's Electric segment engages in the generation, purchase, distribution, and sale of electricity to approximately 2.1 million residential, commercial, and industrial customers in southeastern Michigan. DTE Energy Holding Company has a market cap of $11.7 billion and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are up 9.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 2 analysts that rate DTE Energy Holding Company a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates DTE Energy Holding Company as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, reasonable valuation levels, good cash flow from operations, notable return on equity and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full DTE Energy Holding Company Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Entergy ( ETR) is down $0.27 (-0.4%) to $62.27 on average volume. Thus far, 610,451 shares of Entergy exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $61.66-$62.60 after having opened the day at $62.49 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $62.54.

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 $11.3 billion and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are down 1.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. 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. Among the primary strengths of the company is its revenue growth. 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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1. As of noon trading, FirstEnergy ( FE) is down $0.15 (-0.4%) to $36.79 on light volume. Thus far, 917,926 shares of FirstEnergy exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $36.53-$36.98 after having opened the day at $36.84 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $36.94.

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 $15.7 billion and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are down 11.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there is 1 analyst that rates FirstEnergy a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 11 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates FirstEnergy as a hold. The company's strongest point has been its expanding profit margins. At the same time, however, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, generally higher debt management risk and disappointing return on equity. Get the full FirstEnergy Ratings Report now.

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If you are interested in one of these 5 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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