4 Stocks Pulling The Utilities Sector Downward

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All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 27 points (-0.2%) at 15,858 as of Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2013, 11:55 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 997 issues advancing vs. 1,953 declining with 153 unchanged.

The Utilities sector currently sits down 0.3% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.5%. A company within the sector that fell today was Siemens ( SI), up 0.9%. A company within the sector that increased today was Centrais Eletricas Brasileiras ( EBR.B), up 1.6%.

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

4. Korea Electric Power ( KEP) is one of the companies pushing the Utilities sector lower today. As of noon trading, Korea Electric Power is down $0.12 (-0.8%) to $15.50 on light volume. Thus far, 63,650 shares of Korea Electric Power exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 347,000 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $15.48-$15.56 after having opened the day at $15.54 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $15.62.

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 $19.0 billion and is part of the utilities industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 27.3, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 9.4% 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 hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, increase in stock price during the past year and notable return on equity. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including poor profit margins and generally higher debt management risk. Get the full Korea Electric Power Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, DTE Energy Holding Company ( DTE) is down $0.69 (-1.0%) to $65.36 on average volume. Thus far, 619,208 shares of DTE Energy Holding Company exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $65.19-$65.99 after having opened the day at $65.95 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $66.05.

DTE Energy Company, together with its subsidiaries, operates as an energy company. The company's Electric segment engages in the generation, purchase, distribution, and sale of electricity to approximately 2.1 million residential, commercial, and industrial customers in southeastern Michigan. DTE Energy Holding Company has a market cap of $11.6 billion and is part of the utilities industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 16.9, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 8.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there is 1 analyst that rates DTE Energy Holding Company a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 9 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates DTE Energy Holding Company as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, reasonable valuation levels and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full DTE Energy Holding Company Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Edison International ( EIX) is down $0.44 (-0.9%) to $45.52 on light volume. Thus far, 413,170 shares of Edison International exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $45.45-$46.01 after having opened the day at $45.85 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $45.96.

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 $14.9 billion and is part of the utilities industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 10.8, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 1.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. 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, compelling growth in net income, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, notable return on equity and impressive record of earnings per share growth. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full Edison International Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, EQT ( EQT) is down $1.68 (-1.9%) to $85.48 on light volume. Thus far, 390,221 shares of EQT exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $85.37-$87.18 after having opened the day at $86.94 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $87.16.

EQT Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, operates as an integrated energy company in the United States. It operates in three segments: EQT Production, EQT Midstream, and Distribution. EQT has a market cap of $13.2 billion and is part of the utilities industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 40.9, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 48.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 8 analysts that rate EQT a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates EQT as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, expanding profit margins, good cash flow from operations, compelling growth in net income and solid stock price performance. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results. Get the full EQT Ratings Report now.

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If you are interested in one of these 3 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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