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 122 points (0.7%) at 17,066 as of Monday, July 14, 2014, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 2,069 issues advancing vs. 930 declining with 155 unchanged.

The Utilities sector currently is unchanged today versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.5%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include NRG Energy ( NRG), down 1.9%, Public Service Enterprise Group ( PEG), down 1.5%, FirstEnergy ( FE), down 1.5%, AES Corporation ( AES), down 1.4% and American Electric Power ( AEP), down 0.8%. Top gainers within the sector include Centrais Eletricas Brasileiras ( EBR.B), up 3.7%, Huaneng Power International ( HNP), up 0.9% and Praxair ( PX), up 0.7%.

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

3. Southern ( SO) is one of the companies pushing the Utilities sector lower today. As of noon trading, Southern is down $0.22 (-0.5%) to $44.30 on light volume. Thus far, 1.7 million shares of Southern exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $44.15-$44.66 after having opened the day at $44.65 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $44.53.

The Southern Company, together with its subsidiaries, operates as a public electric utility company. Southern has a market cap of $39.8 billion and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are up 8.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 2 analysts that rate Southern a buy, 2 analysts rate 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, good cash flow from operations, 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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