3 Stocks Pushing The Utilities Sector Downward

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All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 37 points (0.2%) at 17,115 as of Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,639 issues advancing vs. 1,333 declining with 167 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 Centrais Eletricas Brasileiras ( EBR.B), down 1.3%, and American Electric Power ( AEP), down 0.7%. A company within the sector that increased today was AES Corporation ( AES), 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 $0.06 (-1.6%) to $3.65 on average volume. Thus far, 371,932 shares of Centrais Eletricas Brasileiras exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 682,200 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $3.64-$3.72 after having opened the day at $3.67 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $3.71.

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 $5.1 billion and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are up 43.2% 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, Korea Electric Power ( KEP) is down $0.16 (-0.7%) to $21.02 on light volume. Thus far, 63,005 shares of Korea Electric Power exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 216,700 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $20.99-$21.14 after having opened the day at $21.12 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $21.17.

Korea Electric Power Corporation, an integrated electric utility company, generates, transmits, and distributes electricity in Korea. Korea Electric Power has a market cap of $25.7 billion and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are up 27.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. 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 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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1. As of noon trading, Edison International ( EIX) is down $0.40 (-0.7%) to $58.90 on average volume. Thus far, 1.0 million 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 $58.58-$59.30 after having opened the day at $59.17 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $59.30.

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 28.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 10 analysts that 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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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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