Today's Stocks Driving Success For The Utilities Sector

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All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 42 points (-0.3%) at 15,847 as of Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013, 11:45 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 971 issues advancing vs. 1,916 declining with 131 unchanged.

The Utilities sector currently sits down 0.2% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.4%. Top gainers within the sector include Centrais Eletricas Brasileiras ( EBR), up 5.0%, CPFL Energy ( CPL), up 2.5% and Huaneng Power International Inc. ADR repr C ( HNP), up 0.8%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Korea Electric Power ( KEP), down 2.5%, ONEOK ( OKE), down 1.7%, Edison International ( EIX), down 1.4% and Dominion Resources ( D), down 0.9%.

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

4. Empresa Nacional de Electricidad ( EOC) is one of the companies pushing the Utilities sector higher today. As of noon trading, Empresa Nacional de Electricidad is up $0.42 (1.0%) to $43.79 on light volume. Thus far, 11,833 shares of Empresa Nacional de Electricidad exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 96,000 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $43.21-$43.86 after having opened the day at $43.21 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $43.37.

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 Electricidad has a market cap of $11.8 billion and is part of the utilities industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 24.1, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 11.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are no analysts that rate Empresa Nacional de Electricidad a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Empresa Nacional de Electricidad as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its expanding profit margins, growth in earnings per share and increase in net income. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the stock has had a generally disappointing performance in the past year. Get the full Empresa Nacional de Electricidad Ratings Report now.

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