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 52 points (0.3%) at 17,129 as of Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,998 issues advancing vs. 975 declining with 164 unchanged.

The Utilities sector currently is unchanged today versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.2%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Huaneng Power International ( HNP), down 2.7%, Edison International ( EIX), down 0.9% and Public Service Enterprise Group ( PEG), down 0.7%.

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

3. PPL ( PPL) is one of the companies pushing the Utilities sector lower today. As of noon trading, PPL is down $0.24 (-0.7%) to $34.08 on light volume. Thus far, 1.5 million shares of PPL exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $34.03-$34.55 after having opened the day at $34.43 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $34.32.

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 $22.7 billion and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are up 14.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 5 analysts that 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 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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2. As of noon trading, NextEra Energy ( NEE) is down $0.79 (-0.8%) to $97.38 on light volume. Thus far, 505,073 shares of NextEra Energy exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $97.22-$98.24 after having opened the day at $98.08 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $98.17.

NextEra Energy, Inc., through its subsidiaries, generates, transmits, distributes, and sells electric energy in the United States and Canada. The company generates electricity from gas, oil, solar, coal, petroleum coke, and nuclear sources. NextEra Energy has a market cap of $42.6 billion and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are up 14.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 11 analysts that rate NextEra Energy a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates NextEra Energy as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, expanding profit margins, good cash flow from operations, notable return on equity and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full NextEra Energy Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Exelon ( EXC) is down $0.27 (-0.8%) to $32.56 on light volume. Thus far, 1.5 million shares of Exelon exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 8.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $32.51-$33.04 after having opened the day at $32.85 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $32.83.

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 $27.8 billion and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are up 19.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 3 analysts that 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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