5 Utilities Stocks On The Rise

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Two out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 18 points (-0.1%) at 15,776 as of Monday, Feb. 10, 2014, 11:55 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,409 issues advancing vs. 1,532 declining with 144 unchanged.

The Utilities sector currently is unchanged today versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.1%. Top gainers within the sector include Enersis ( ENI), up 1.6%, and Korea Electric Power ( KEP), up 0.8%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Centrais Eletricas Brasileiras ( EBR.B), down 2.2%, and Huaneng Power International Inc. ADR repr C ( HNP), down 0.8%.

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

5. PPL ( PPL) is one of the companies pushing the Utilities sector higher today. As of noon trading, PPL is up $0.32 (1.1%) to $30.66 on average volume. Thus far, 1.6 million shares of PPL exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $30.16-$30.74 after having opened the day at $30.32 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $30.34.

PPL Corporation, an energy and utility holding company, engages in the generation, transmission, distribution, and sale of electricity to wholesale and retail customers in the United States and the United Kingdom. The company operates in four segments: Kentucky Regulated, U.K. PPL has a market cap of $19.1 billion and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are up 0.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 5 analysts who rate PPL a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates PPL as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its expanding profit margins, 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 PPL Ratings Report now.

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4. As of noon trading, Dominion Resources ( D) is up $1.29 (1.9%) to $68.22 on average volume. Thus far, 1.4 million shares of Dominion Resources exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $66.93-$68.24 after having opened the day at $67.27 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $66.93.

Dominion Resources, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, engages in producing and transporting energy in the United States. The company operates through three segments: Dominion Virginia Power (DVP), Dominion Generation, and Dominion Energy. Dominion Resources has a market cap of $38.3 billion and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are up 1.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 9 analysts who rate Dominion Resources a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Dominion Resources as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, expanding profit margins, increase in net income, good cash flow from operations and solid stock price performance. 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 Dominion Resources Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, NextEra Energy ( NEE) is up $0.52 (0.6%) to $91.13 on light volume. Thus far, 553,294 shares of NextEra Energy exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $89.94-$91.42 after having opened the day at $90.35 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $90.61.

NextEra Energy, Inc., through its subsidiaries, engages in the generation, transmission, distribution, and sale of electric energy in the United States and Canada. The company is involved in the generation of renewable energy from wind and solar projects. NextEra Energy has a market cap of $38.7 billion and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are up 5.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 10 analysts who rate NextEra Energy a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates NextEra Energy as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, good cash flow from operations, expanding profit margins and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full NextEra Energy Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Southern ( SO) is up $0.24 (0.6%) to $41.34 on light volume. Thus far, 798,324 shares of Southern exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $40.89-$41.43 after having opened the day at $41.00 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $41.10.

The Southern Company, together with its subsidiaries, operates as a public electric utility company. Southern has a market cap of $36.1 billion and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are down 0.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there is 1 analyst who rates Southern a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 10 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Southern as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, growth in earnings per share and increase in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself. Get the full Southern Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Duke Energy Corporation ( DUK) is up $0.54 (0.8%) to $70.53 on light volume. Thus far, 1.1 million shares of Duke Energy Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $69.52-$70.69 after having opened the day at $69.87 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $69.99.

Duke Energy Corporation operates as an energy company in the United States and Latin America. The company operates in three segments: U.S. Franchised Electric and Gas, Commercial Power, and International Energy. The U.S. Duke Energy Corporation has a market cap of $49.4 billion and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are up 1.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 8 analysts who rate Duke Energy Corporation a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Duke Energy Corporation as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its compelling growth in net income, expanding profit margins, good cash flow from operations, growth in earnings per share and attractive valuation levels. 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 Duke Energy Corporation 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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