KEP, EOC, ENI, TRP And FE, 5 Utilities Stocks Pushing The Sector Lower

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All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 22 points (0.1%) at 15,424 as of Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2013, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,875 issues advancing vs. 1,030 declining with 132 unchanged.

The Utilities sector currently sits up 0.1% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.2%. A company within the sector that increased today was NorthWestern Corporation ( NWE), up 3.3%.

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

5. Korea Electric Power ( KEP) is one of the companies pushing the Utilities sector lower today. As of noon trading, Korea Electric Power is down $0.08 (-0.6%) to $13.92 on light volume. Thus far, 72,502 shares of Korea Electric Power exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 360,600 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $13.89-$13.95 after having opened the day at $13.89 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $14.00.

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 $17.7 billion and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are up 1.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. 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 company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its poor profit margins and generally high debt management risk. Get the full Korea Electric Power Ratings Report now.

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4. As of noon trading, Empresa Nacional de ElectricidadSA ( EOC) is down $1.19 (-2.6%) to $43.83 on light volume. Thus far, 29,198 shares of Empresa Nacional de ElectricidadSA exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 134,800 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $43.83-$44.79 after having opened the day at $44.79 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $45.02.

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 $11.8 billion and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are down 11.9% 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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3. As of noon trading, Enersis ( ENI) is down $0.25 (-1.4%) to $16.99 on light volume. Thus far, 165,346 shares of Enersis exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 615,900 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $16.96-$17.23 after having opened the day at $17.19 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $17.24.

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 $11.1 billion and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are down 6.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. 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 experienced relatively poor performance when compared with the S&P 500 during the past year. Get the full Enersis Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, TransCanada ( TRP) is down $0.37 (-0.8%) to $44.21 on light volume. Thus far, 186,026 shares of TransCanada exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 524,300 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $44.12-$44.64 after having opened the day at $44.43 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $44.58.

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 $31.4 billion and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are down 6.1% 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 2 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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1. As of noon trading, FirstEnergy ( FE) is down $0.31 (-0.8%) to $37.33 on light volume. Thus far, 1.0 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 $37.07-$37.75 after having opened the day at $37.52 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $37.64.

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 $15.3 billion and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are down 12.2% 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 10 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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