3 Stocks Pushing The Utilities Sector Lower

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All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 79 points (-0.5%) at 16,635 as of Friday, Aug. 15, 2014, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,072 issues advancing vs. 1,895 declining with 174 unchanged.

The Utilities sector currently sits up 0.1% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.3%. Top gainers within the sector include Centrais Eletricas Brasileiras ( EBR), up 4.1%, Centrais Eletricas Brasileiras ( EBR.B), up 3.2%, CPFL Energy ( CPL), up 2.3%, American Water Works ( AWK), up 1.5% and ONEOK ( OKE), up 1.1%.

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 $0.18 (-0.8%) to $21.02 on light volume. Thus far, 40,308 shares of Korea Electric Power exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 188,800 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $20.91-$21.39 after having opened the day at $20.91 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $21.20.

Korea Electric Power Corporation, an integrated electric utility company, generates, transmits, and distributes electricity in Korea. Korea Electric Power has a market cap of $26.3 billion and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are up 26.9% 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, impressive record of earnings per share growth and compelling growth in net income. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including generally higher debt management risk and poor profit margins. Get the full Korea Electric Power Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, AES Corporation ( AES) is down $0.13 (-0.9%) to $14.78 on light volume. Thus far, 1.3 million shares of AES Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $14.72-$14.99 after having opened the day at $14.94 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $14.91.

The AES Corporation operates as a diversified power generation and utility company. It owns and/or operates power plants to generate and sell power to customers, such as utilities, industrial users, and other intermediaries. AES Corporation has a market cap of $10.6 billion and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are up 1.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate AES Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates AES Corporation as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, increase in stock price during the past year and notable return on equity. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including unimpressive growth in net income, generally higher debt management risk and poor profit margins. Get the full AES Corporation Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, NRG Energy ( NRG) is down $0.23 (-0.8%) to $29.19 on average volume. Thus far, 1.6 million shares of NRG Energy exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $29.03-$29.63 after having opened the day at $29.47 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $29.42.

NRG Energy, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, operates as a power and energy company. The company is engaged in the ownership and operation of power generation facilities. NRG Energy has a market cap of $9.9 billion and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are up 2.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate NRG Energy a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates NRG Energy as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth and solid stock price performance. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, generally higher debt management risk and disappointing return on equity. Get the full NRG Energy 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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