3 Stocks Underperforming Today In The Utilities Sector

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All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 60 points (0.4%) at 16,517 as of Tuesday, April 1, 2014, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,859 issues advancing vs. 1,154 declining with 141 unchanged.

The Utilities sector currently sits down 0.4% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.4%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Ameren ( AEE), down 1.5%, PG&E ( PCG), down 1.4%, Northeast Utilities ( NU), down 1.2%, Southern ( SO), down 1.0% and Duke Energy Corporation ( DUK), down 0.9%. Top gainers within the sector include Korea Electric Power ( KEP), up 2.9%, Huaneng Power International ( HNP), up 2.8% and EQT ( EQT), up 1.2%.

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

3. PPL ( PPL) is one of the companies pushing the Utilities sector lower today. As of noon trading, PPL is down $0.35 (-1.1%) to $32.79 on average volume. Thus far, 1.9 million shares of PPL exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $32.71-$33.24 after having opened the day at $33.21 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $33.14.

PPL Corporation, an energy and utility holding company, generates, transmits, distributes, and sells electricity to wholesale and retail customers in the Pennsylvania, Kentucky, Virginia, Tennessee, and the United Kingdom. The company operates in four segments: Kentucky Regulated, U.K. PPL has a market cap of $20.8 billion and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are up 10.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate PPL a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 6 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, increase in stock price during the past year and reasonable valuation levels. 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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2. As of noon trading, Public Service Enterprise Group ( PEG) is down $0.57 (-1.5%) to $37.57 on average volume. Thus far, 1.7 million shares of Public Service Enterprise Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $37.46-$38.12 after having opened the day at $38.12 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $38.14.

Public Service Enterprise Group Incorporated, through its subsidiaries, operates as an energy company primarily in the Northeastern and Mid Atlantic United States. Public Service Enterprise Group has a market cap of $18.9 billion and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are up 19.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 2 analysts that rate Public Service Enterprise Group a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Public Service Enterprise Group as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its reasonable valuation levels, good cash flow from operations, increase in stock price during the past year and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full Public Service Enterprise Group Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Dominion Resources ( D) is down $0.70 (-1.0%) to $70.29 on average volume. Thus far, 981,239 shares of Dominion Resources exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $70.15-$71.16 after having opened the day at $70.85 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $70.99.

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 $41.3 billion and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are up 9.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 8 analysts that rate Dominion Resources a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 6 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, notable return on equity, growth in earnings per share, compelling growth in net income 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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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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