3 Stocks Raising The Utilities Sector Higher

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One out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 7 points (0.0%) at 17,032 as of Friday, Aug. 22, 2014, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,152 issues advancing vs. 1,771 declining with 181 unchanged.

The Utilities sector currently sits up 0.1% versus the S&P 500, which is unchanged.

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

3. Korea Electric Power ( KEP) is one of the companies pushing the Utilities sector higher today. As of noon trading, Korea Electric Power is up $0.56 (2.8%) to $20.50 on average volume. Thus far, 85,807 shares of Korea Electric Power exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 187,100 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $20.39-$20.52 after having opened the day at $20.49 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $19.94.

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Korea Electric Power Corporation, an integrated electric utility company, generates, transmits, and distributes electricity in Korea. Korea Electric Power has a market cap of $25.9 billion and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are up 20.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there is 1 analyst who 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 robust revenue growth, solid stock price performance and impressive record of earnings per share growth. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the company's profit margins have been poor overall. Get the full Korea Electric Power Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Edison International ( EIX) is up $0.40 (0.7%) to $58.72 on light volume. Thus far, 624,929 shares of Edison International exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $58.02-$58.91 after having opened the day at $58.02 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $58.32.

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Edison International, through its subsidiaries, generates and supplies electricity. The company generates electricity through hydroelectric, diesel, natural gas, gas fueled, combustion turbine, nuclear, and photovoltaic sources. Edison International has a market cap of $19.1 billion and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are up 26.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 10 analysts who rate Edison International a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Edison International as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, compelling growth in net income, growth in earnings per share and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full Edison International Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Exelon ( EXC) is up $0.24 (0.7%) to $32.49 on light volume. Thus far, 2.6 million shares of Exelon exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 8.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $32.18-$32.52 after having opened the day at $32.19 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $32.25.

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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 $27.5 billion and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are up 17.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 3 analysts who rate Exelon a buy, 1 analyst rates 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 growth in earnings per share, reasonable valuation levels, good cash flow from operations, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and increase in stock price during the past year. 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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