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 34 points (0.2%) at 16,585 as of Friday, May 9, 2014, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,493 issues advancing vs. 1,448 declining with 155 unchanged.

The Utilities sector currently sits down 0.2% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.1%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Centrais Eletricas Brasileiras ( EBR.B), down 3.6%, Wisconsin Energy ( WEC), down 2.3%, Huaneng Power International ( HNP), down 2.2%, ONEOK ( OKE), down 2.1% and Ameren ( AEE), down 1.8%. Top gainers within the sector include Ormat Technologies ( ORA), up 8.8%, Companhia De Saneamento Basico Do Estado De ( SBS), up 1.5% and FirstEnergy ( FE), up 0.6%.

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

3. American Electric Power ( AEP) is one of the companies pushing the Utilities sector lower today. As of noon trading, American Electric Power is down $0.47 (-0.9%) to $52.59 on light volume. Thus far, 1.1 million shares of American Electric Power exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $52.50-$53.26 after having opened the day at $53.09 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $53.06.

American Electric Power Company, Inc., a public utility holding company, is engaged in the generation, transmission, and distribution of electricity for sale to retail and wholesale customers. American Electric Power has a market cap of $26.1 billion and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are up 13.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 9 analysts that rate American Electric Power a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates American Electric Power as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, impressive record of earnings per share growth, good cash flow from operations, increase in stock price during the past year and notable return on equity. 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 American Electric Power Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Dominion Resources ( D) is down $0.87 (-1.2%) to $70.21 on light volume. Thus far, 686,798 shares of Dominion Resources exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $70.00-$71.29 after having opened the day at $71.09 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $71.08.

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 $42.0 billion and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are up 9.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 6 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 increase in stock price during the past year. 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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1. As of noon trading, Southern ( SO) is down $0.24 (-0.5%) to $43.96 on heavy volume. Thus far, 3.3 million shares of Southern exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $43.94-$44.47 after having opened the day at $44.15 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $44.20.

The Southern Company, together with its subsidiaries, operates as a public electric utility company. Southern has a market cap of $40.0 billion and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are up 7.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there is 1 analyst that rates Southern a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 11 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, increase in net income and growth in earnings per share. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full Southern 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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