3 Stocks Improving Performance Of The Utilities Sector

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All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 34 points (-0.2%) at 15,991 as of Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2013, 11:45 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,256 issues advancing vs. 1,637 declining with 176 unchanged.

The Utilities sector currently sits down 0.7% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.2%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Wisconsin Energy Corporation ( WEC), down 1.8%, Korea Electric Power ( KEP), down 1.3%, Consolidated Edison ( ED), down 1.2%, PPL ( PPL), down 1.1% and Edison International ( EIX), down 1.1%.

TheStreet would like to highlight 3 stocks pushing the sector higher today:

3. Atlas Energy ( ATLS) is one of the companies pushing the Utilities sector higher today. As of noon trading, Atlas Energy is up $1.29 (3.0%) to $43.74 on light volume. Thus far, 110,548 shares of Atlas Energy exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 403,900 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $42.56-$43.78 after having opened the day at $42.69 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $42.45.

Atlas Energy, L.P. engages in the development and production of natural gas, crude oil, and natural gas liquids in basins across the United States. It also sponsors and manages tax-advantaged natural gas and oil investment partnerships. Atlas Energy has a market cap of $2.2 billion and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are up 22.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate Atlas Energy a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Atlas Energy as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth and increase in stock price during the past year. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, generally higher debt management risk and disappointing return on equity. Get the full Atlas Energy Ratings Report now.

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