5 Stocks Dragging The Utilities Sector Downward

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Two out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 125 points (-0.8%) at 16,333 as of Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014, 11:55 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,733 issues advancing vs. 1,234 declining with 157 unchanged.

The Utilities sector currently sits up 0.3% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.1%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Centrais Eletricas Brasileiras ( EBR.B), down 1.5%, and Empresa Nacional de Electricidad ( EOC), down 1.2%. A company within the sector that increased today was Edison International ( EIX), up 0.8%.

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

5. Korea Electric Power ( KEP) is one of the companies pushing the Utilities sector lower today. As of noon trading, Korea Electric Power is down $0.47 (-2.9%) to $15.96 on light volume. Thus far, 96,447 shares of Korea Electric Power exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 315,900 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $15.94-$16.10 after having opened the day at $16.04 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $16.43.

Energy Fuels Inc. is engaged in the exploration, development, and production of uranium and vanadium properties in the United States. Korea Electric Power has a market cap of $20.5 billion and is part of the utilities industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 29.3, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 1.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. 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, notable return on equity and growth in earnings per share. 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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4. As of noon trading, CPFL Energy ( CPL) is down $0.19 (-1.2%) to $15.54 on light volume. Thus far, 120,128 shares of CPFL Energy exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 364,800 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $15.51-$15.77 after having opened the day at $15.51 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $15.73.

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 $7.6 billion and is part of the utilities industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 12.3, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 1.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 2 analysts that rate 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, Enersis ( ENI) is down $0.30 (-2.0%) to $14.83 on light volume. Thus far, 191,090 shares of Enersis exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 556,500 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $14.82-$15.01 after having opened the day at $15.00 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $15.13.

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 12.6, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 0.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there is 1 analyst that rates Enersis a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Enersis as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, reasonable valuation levels and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including unimpressive growth in net income, disappointing return on equity and weak operating cash flow. Get the full Enersis Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, TransCanada ( TRP) is down $0.29 (-0.7%) to $44.01 on average volume. Thus far, 212,882 shares of TransCanada exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 450,500 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $43.98-$44.53 after having opened the day at $44.31 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $44.30.

TransCanada Corporation operates as an energy infrastructure company in North America. The company operates in three segments: Natural Gas Pipelines, Oil Pipelines, and Energy. TransCanada has a market cap of $31.3 billion and is part of the utilities industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 23.3, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 3.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate TransCanada a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates TransCanada as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, compelling growth in net income, expanding profit margins, 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 TransCanada Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, FirstEnergy ( FE) is down $0.27 (-0.8%) to $32.34 on average volume. Thus far, 3.5 million shares of FirstEnergy exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $32.30-$33.04 after having opened the day at $32.64 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $32.61.

FirstEnergy Corp., a diversified energy holding company, engages in the generation, transmission, and distribution of electricity in the United States. The company operates in Regulated Distribution, Regulated Transmission, and Competitive Energy Services segments. FirstEnergy has a market cap of $13.6 billion and is part of the utilities industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 135.9, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 1.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 2 analysts that rate FirstEnergy a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 9 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates FirstEnergy as a hold. The company's strongest point has been its a solid financial position based on a variety of debt and liquidity measures that we have looked at. At the same time, however, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity and poor profit margins. Get the full FirstEnergy 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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