3 Stocks Pushing The Utilities Sector Downward

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All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 28 points (-0.2%) at 17,094 as of Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,204 issues advancing vs. 1,745 declining with 194 unchanged.

The Utilities sector currently sits up 0.1% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.1%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Centrais Eletricas Brasileiras ( EBR.B), down 1.8%, CPFL Energy ( CPL), down 1.2% and TransCanada ( TRP), down 0.5%. Top gainers within the sector include Exelon ( EXC), up 0.7%, ONEOK ( OKE), up 0.7%, Entergy ( ETR), up 0.6% and EQT ( EQT), up 0.6%.

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

3. Centrais Eletricas Brasileiras ( EBR) is one of the companies pushing the Utilities sector lower today. As of noon trading, Centrais Eletricas Brasileiras is down $0.10 (-2.8%) to $3.53 on average volume. Thus far, 449,214 shares of Centrais Eletricas Brasileiras exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 663,300 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $3.46-$3.63 after having opened the day at $3.59 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $3.63.

Centrais Eletricas Brasileiras S.A. - Eletrobras, together with its subsidiaries, generates, transmits, and distributes electricity in Brazil. It projects, builds, and operates generating power plants, and electric power transmission and distribution lines. Centrais Eletricas Brasileiras has a market cap of $4.5 billion and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are up 40.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are no analysts that rate Centrais Eletricas Brasileiras a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Centrais Eletricas Brasileiras as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its weak operating cash flow and poor profit margins. Get the full Centrais Eletricas Brasileiras Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Huaneng Power International ( HNP) is down $0.56 (-1.2%) to $47.40 on light volume. Thus far, 24,223 shares of Huaneng Power International exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 66,800 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $47.26-$47.72 after having opened the day at $47.60 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $47.96.

Huaneng Power International, Inc., an independent power producer, generates and sells electricity and heat to the regional or provincial grid companies in the People's Republic of China and Singapore. Huaneng Power International has a market cap of $15.8 billion and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are up 32.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 2 analysts that rate Huaneng Power International a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Huaneng Power International as a sell. Among the areas we feel are negative, one of the most important has been very high debt management risk by most measures. Get the full Huaneng Power International Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Western Gas Equity Partners ( WGP) is down $1.07 (-1.8%) to $59.36 on light volume. Thus far, 25,998 shares of Western Gas Equity Partners exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 229,200 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $59.36-$60.68 after having opened the day at $60.51 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $60.43.

Western Gas Equity Partners, LP is engaged in gathering, processing, compressing, treating, and transporting natural gas, condensate, natural gas liquids, and crude oil in the United States. Western Gas Equity Partners has a market cap of $13.0 billion and is part of the energy industry. Shares are up 53.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate Western Gas Equity Partners a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Western Gas Equity Partners as a sell. Among the areas we feel are negative, one of the most important has been very high debt management risk by most measures. Get the full Western Gas Equity Partners 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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