Today's Top Performers In Utilities

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All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 90 points (0.6%) at 15,153 as of Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2013, 12:50 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,842 issues advancing vs. 1,092 declining with 95 unchanged.

The Utilities sector currently sits up 0.1% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.5%. Top gainers within the sector include Huaneng Power International ( HNP), up 1.3%, and Korea Electric Power ( KEP), up 0.6%. A company within the sector that fell today was Centrais Eletricas Brasileiras ( EBR.B), up 1.4%.

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

5. 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 $0.42 (1.0%) to $42.90 on average volume. Thus far, 81,744 shares of Empresa Nacional de ElectricidadSA exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 129,600 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $42.52-$43.70 after having opened the day at $43.01 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $42.48.

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 $11.4 billion and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are down 14.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. 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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4. As of noon trading, TransCanada ( TRP) is up $0.40 (0.9%) to $44.51 on light volume. Thus far, 140,315 shares of TransCanada exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 601,600 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $44.28-$44.71 after having opened the day at $44.35 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $44.11.

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 $30.9 billion and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are down 7.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. 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 lackluster performance in the stock itself. Get the full TransCanada Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, Xcel Energy ( XEL) is up $0.17 (0.6%) to $27.63 on average volume. Thus far, 1.4 million shares of Xcel Energy exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $27.45-$27.69 after having opened the day at $27.57 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $27.46.

Xcel Energy Inc., through its subsidiaries, engages in the generation, purchase, transmission, distribution, and sale of electricity in the United States. It operates through Regulated Electric Utility, Regulated Natural Gas Utility, and All Other segments. Xcel Energy has a market cap of $13.6 billion and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are up 2.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 2 analysts that rate Xcel Energy a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 11 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Xcel Energy as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its growth in earnings per share, increase in net income, revenue growth, notable return on equity and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full Xcel Energy Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, FirstEnergy ( FE) is up $0.26 (0.7%) to $37.43 on average volume. Thus far, 1.3 million shares of FirstEnergy exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $37.27-$37.71 after having opened the day at $37.41 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $37.17.

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 $15.5 billion and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are down 11.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. 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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1. As of noon trading, Exelon ( EXC) is up $0.33 (1.1%) to $30.58 on light volume. Thus far, 2.1 million shares of Exelon exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $30.23-$30.60 after having opened the day at $30.42 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $30.25.

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 $26.0 billion and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are up 1.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. 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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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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