3 Utilities Stocks Moving The Sector Upward

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One out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 24 points (0.1%) at 16,720 as of Tuesday, May 13, 2014, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,382 issues advancing vs. 1,595 declining with 161 unchanged.

The Utilities sector currently sits up 0.1% versus the S&P 500, which is unchanged. Top gainers within the sector include Dominion Resources ( D), up 0.9%, and American Electric Power ( AEP), up 0.8%. A company within the sector that fell today was Western Gas Equity Partners ( WGP), up 0.6%.

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

3. Enersis ( ENI) is one of the companies pushing the Utilities sector higher today. As of noon trading, Enersis is up $0.23 (1.5%) to $15.96 on average volume. Thus far, 453,936 shares of Enersis exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 671,500 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $15.67-$15.98 after having opened the day at $15.78 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $15.73.

Enersis S.A., an electric utility company, through its subsidiaries and jointly-controlled entities, is engaged in the generation, transmission, and distribution of electricity in Chile, Brazil, Colombia, Peru, and Argentina. Enersis has a market cap of $15.4 billion and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are up 4.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 2 analysts who rate Enersis a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Enersis as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its compelling growth in net income, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, expanding profit margins, good cash flow from operations and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself. Get the full Enersis Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, PPL ( PPL) is up $0.26 (0.8%) to $33.37 on average volume. Thus far, 1.9 million shares of PPL exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $33.10-$33.38 after having opened the day at $33.17 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $33.11.

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 $21.2 billion and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are up 10.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 4 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, good cash flow from operations 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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1. As of noon trading, Exelon ( EXC) is up $0.28 (0.8%) to $35.68 on average volume. Thus far, 3.4 million shares of Exelon exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 7.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $35.37-$35.70 after having opened the day at $35.51 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $35.40.

Exelon Corporation, a utility services holding company, is engaged in the energy generation business in the United States. It operates through nine segments: Mid-Atlantic, Midwest, New England, New York, ERCOT, Other Regions, ComEd, PECO, and BGE. Exelon has a market cap of $31.1 billion and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are up 29.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there is 1 analyst who rates Exelon a buy, 3 analysts rate it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Exelon 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, compelling growth in net income, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full Exelon 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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