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All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 49 points (0.3%) at 16,344 as of Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2013, 11:55 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,931 issues advancing vs. 985 declining with 162 unchanged.

The Utilities sector currently sits up 0.4% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.2%. A company within the sector that fell today was Centrais Eletricas Brasileiras ( EBR.B), up 1.1%.

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

4. CPFL Energy ( CPL) is one of the companies pushing the Utilities sector lower today. As of noon trading, CPFL Energy is down $0.26 (-1.6%) to $16.04 on light volume. Thus far, 114,966 shares of CPFL Energy exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 340,600 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $16.04-$16.26 after having opened the day at $16.15 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $16.30.

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 $7.8 billion and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are down 22.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. 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 strongest point has been its expanding profit margins. At the same time, however, we also find weaknesses including feeble growth in the company's earnings per share, deteriorating net income and weak operating cash flow. Get the full CPFL Energy Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, AmeriGas Partners ( APU) is down $0.43 (-1.0%) to $44.43 on light volume. Thus far, 22,213 shares of AmeriGas Partners exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 149,900 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $44.42-$44.99 after having opened the day at $44.89 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $44.86.

AmeriGas Partners, L.P. operates as a retail and wholesale distributor of propane gas, and related equipment and supplies in the United States. AmeriGas Partners has a market cap of $4.2 billion and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are up 15.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 2 analysts that rate AmeriGas Partners a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates AmeriGas Partners as a buy. 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, revenue growth, notable return on equity and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated. Get the full AmeriGas Partners Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Energy Company of Parana ( ELP) is down $0.14 (-1.0%) to $13.33 on light volume. Thus far, 42,478 shares of Energy Company of Parana exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 536,000 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $13.32-$13.53 after having opened the day at $13.45 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $13.47.

Companhia Paranaense de Energia - COPEL engages in the generation, transmission, distribution, and sale of electricity primarily to industrial, residential, commercial, and rural customers primarily in the State of Parana, Brazil. Energy Company of Parana has a market cap of $3.6 billion and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are down 13.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 2 analysts that rate Energy Company of Parana a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Energy Company of Parana as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and attractive valuation levels. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including feeble growth in the company's earnings per share, deteriorating net income and disappointing return on equity. Get the full Energy Company of Parana Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Companhia De Saneamento Basico Do Estado De ( SBS) is down $0.12 (-1.0%) to $11.22 on light volume. Thus far, 381,420 shares of Companhia De Saneamento Basico Do Estado De exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $11.21-$11.50 after having opened the day at $11.45 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $11.33.

Companhia de Saneamento Basico do Estado de S o Paulo-SABESP provides basic and environmental sanitation services; and supplies treated water on a wholesale basis to residential, commercial, industrial, and municipal customers in the State of S o Paulo. Companhia De Saneamento Basico Do Estado De has a market cap of $7.5 billion and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are down 18.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there is 1 analyst that rates Companhia De Saneamento Basico Do Estado De a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Companhia De Saneamento Basico Do Estado De as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its good cash flow from operations and impressive record of earnings per share growth. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself. Get the full Companhia De Saneamento Basico Do Estado De 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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