KEP, CLNE And SBS, Pushing Utilities Sector Downward

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All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 115 points (0.7%) at 16,388 as of Friday, Feb. 28, 2014, 11:55 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,987 issues advancing vs. 938 declining with 158 unchanged.

The Utilities sector currently sits up 0.5% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.6%. Top gainers within the sector include PG&E ( PCG), up 1.8%, Edison International ( EIX), up 1.2% and Praxair ( PX), up 0.7%.

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

3. Korea Electric Power ( KEP) is one of the companies pushing the Utilities sector lower today. As of noon trading, Korea Electric Power is down $0.34 (-1.9%) to $17.28 on light volume. Thus far, 66,063 shares of Korea Electric Power exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 275,400 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $17.26-$17.46 after having opened the day at $17.43 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $17.62.

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 $21.7 billion and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are up 6.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. 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, compelling growth in net income and increase in stock price during the past year. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the growth in the company's earnings per share has not been good. Get the full Korea Electric Power Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Clean Energy Fuels Corporation ( CLNE) is down $1.27 (-13.1%) to $8.43 on heavy volume. Thus far, 4.3 million shares of Clean Energy Fuels Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $8.27-$9.30 after having opened the day at $9.30 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $9.70.

Clean Energy Fuels Corp., together with its subsidiaries, sells natural gas as an alternative fuel for vehicle fleets. It designs, builds, operates, and maintains fueling stations. Clean Energy Fuels Corporation has a market cap of $860.5 million and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are down 24.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate Clean Energy Fuels Corporation a buy, 4 analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Clean Energy Fuels Corporation as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself, unimpressive growth in net income, generally high debt management risk and feeble growth in its earnings per share. Get the full Clean Energy Fuels Corporation Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Companhia De Saneamento Basico Do Estado De ( SBS) is down $0.31 (-3.2%) to $9.34 on average volume. Thus far, 1.5 million shares of Companhia De Saneamento Basico Do Estado De exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $9.26-$9.49 after having opened the day at $9.29 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $9.65.

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 $6.3 billion and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are down 14.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. 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 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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