CPL, ENI, EIX, XEL And EXC, 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 31 points (0.2%) at 16,096 as of Monday, Nov. 25, 2013, 11:45 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,434 issues advancing vs. 1,496 declining with 119 unchanged.

The Utilities sector currently sits up 0.2% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.1%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Huaneng Power International Inc. ADR repr C ( HNP), down 1.2%, and Empresa Nacional de Electricidad ( EOC), down 0.8%. Top gainers within the sector include Empresa Distribuidora y Comercializadora No ( EDN), up 17.3%, Centrais Eletricas Brasileiras ( EBR), up 2.3% and Centrais Eletricas Brasileiras ( EBR.B), up 1.5%.

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

5. CPFL Energy ( CPL) is one of the companies pushing the Utilities sector lower today. As of noon trading, CPFL Energy is down $0.21 (-1.2%) to $16.56 on light volume. Thus far, 118,949 shares of CPFL Energy exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 322,800 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $16.53-$16.68 after having opened the day at $16.60 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $16.77.

CPFL Energia S.A., through its subsidiaries, distributes, generates, and commercializes electricity in Brazil. The company operates in five segments: Distribution, Conventional Generation Sources, Renewable Generation Sources, Commercialization, and Services. CPFL Energy has a market cap of $7.9 billion and is part of the utilities industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 12.8, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 21.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there is 1 analyst that rates CPFL Energy a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates CPFL Energy as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in net income, notable return on equity and good cash flow from operations. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including feeble growth in the company's earnings per share, generally higher debt management risk and poor profit margins. Get the full CPFL Energy Ratings Report now.

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4. As of noon trading, Enersis ( ENI) is down $0.15 (-1.0%) to $15.17 on light volume. Thus far, 125,329 shares of Enersis exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 574,400 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $15.15-$15.39 after having opened the day at $15.32 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $15.32.

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. The company has a P/E ratio of 12.7, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 15.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. 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. Among the primary strengths of the company is its expanding profit margins over time. At the same time, however, 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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3. As of noon trading, Edison International ( EIX) is down $0.24 (-0.5%) to $45.76 on heavy volume. Thus far, 1.7 million shares of Edison International exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $45.74-$46.23 after having opened the day at $46.13 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $46.00.

Edison International, through its subsidiaries, generates and distributes electric power. It also invests in transportation infrastructure and energy assets, including renewable energy in the Netherlands, Australia, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom. Edison International has a market cap of $15.4 billion and is part of the utilities industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 11.2, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 1.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 10 analysts that rate Edison International a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Edison International as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, increase in stock price during the past year, notable return on equity, compelling growth in net income and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full Edison International Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Xcel Energy ( XEL) is down $0.15 (-0.5%) to $28.20 on average volume. Thus far, 1.7 million shares of Xcel Energy exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $28.19-$28.46 after having opened the day at $28.39 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $28.35.

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 $14.0 billion and is part of the utilities industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 14.9, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 6.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate Xcel Energy a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 9 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 revenue growth, good cash flow from operations, increase in stock price during the past year and notable return on equity. 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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1. As of noon trading, Exelon ( EXC) is down $0.25 (-0.9%) to $27.10 on average volume. Thus far, 2.7 million shares of Exelon exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 7.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $27.08-$27.35 after having opened the day at $27.35 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $27.35.

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 $23.7 billion and is part of the utilities industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 14.8, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 8.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are no analysts that rate Exelon a buy, 3 analysts rate it a sell, and 12 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Exelon as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its good cash flow from operations, notable return on equity and compelling growth in net income. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the company's profit margins have been poor overall. 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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