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The Utilities sector as a whole closed the day down 0.8% versus the S&P 500, which was down 0.8%. Laggards within the Utilities sector included American DG Energy ( ADGE), down 5.2%, Ocean Power Technologies ( OPTT), down 2.8%, GreenHunter Resources ( GRH), down 3.5%, Centrais Eletricas Brasileiras ( EBR.B), down 4.4% and CorEnergy Infrastructure ( CORR), down 3.3%.

TheStreet Ratings Group would like to highlight 3 stocks that pushed the sector lower today:

Centrais Eletricas Brasileiras ( EBR.B) is one of the companies that pushed the Utilities sector lower today. Centrais Eletricas Brasileiras was down $0.19 (4.4%) to $4.15 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 260,408 shares of Centrais Eletricas Brasileiras exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 135,000 shares. The stock ranged in price between $3.96-$4.24 after having opened the day at $4.22 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $4.34.

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 $5.9 billion and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are down 1.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

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TheStreet Ratings rates Centrais Eletricas Brasileiras as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its unimpressive growth in net income, poor profit margins, weak operating cash flow and generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on EBR.B go as follows:

  • The company, on the basis of change in net income from the same quarter one year ago, has significantly underperformed when compared to that of the S&P 500 and the Electric Utilities industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 149.0% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from $75.75 million to -$37.13 million.
  • The gross profit margin for ELETROBRAS-CENTR ELETR BRAS is currently extremely low, coming in at 7.44%. It has decreased significantly from the same period last year. Along with this, the net profit margin of -1.16% is significantly below that of the industry average.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly decreased to $146.37 million or 80.21% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, when comparing to the industry average, the firm's growth rate is much lower.
  • The share price of ELETROBRAS-CENTR ELETR BRAS has not done very well: it is down 12.43% and has underperformed the S&P 500, in part reflecting the company's sharply declining earnings per share when compared to the year-earlier quarter. The fact that the stock is now selling for less than others in its industry in relation to its current earnings is not reason enough to justify a buy rating at this time.
  • Current return on equity exceeded its ROE from the same quarter one year prior. This is a clear sign of strength within the company. Compared to other companies in the Electric Utilities industry and the overall market, ELETROBRAS-CENTR ELETR BRAS's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.

You can view the full analysis from the report here: Centrais Eletricas Brasileiras Ratings Report

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At the close, GreenHunter Resources ( GRH) was down $0.04 (3.5%) to $1.09 on light volume. Throughout the day, 244,717 shares of GreenHunter Resources exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 516,300 shares. The stock ranged in price between $1.00-$1.12 after having opened the day at $1.11 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $1.13.

GreenHunter Resources has a market cap of $38.7 million and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are down 6.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 3 analysts who rate GreenHunter Resources a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

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Ocean Power Technologies ( OPTT) was another company that pushed the Utilities sector lower today. Ocean Power Technologies was down $0.03 (2.8%) to $1.05 on light volume. Throughout the day, 137,750 shares of Ocean Power Technologies exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 368,000 shares. The stock ranged in price between $1.03-$1.10 after having opened the day at $1.06 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $1.08.

Ocean Power Technologies, Inc. develops and commercializes proprietary systems that generate electricity by harnessing the renewable energy of ocean waves primarily in the United States, Europe, Asia, and Australia. Ocean Power Technologies has a market cap of $18.8 million and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are down 43.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Ocean Power Technologies as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its weak operating cash flow and generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself.

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Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on OPTT go as follows:

  • Net operating cash flow has declined marginally to -$3.17 million or 2.92% when compared to the same quarter last year. In conjunction, when comparing current results to the industry average, OCEAN POWER TECHNOLOGIES INC has marginally lower results.
  • OPTT's stock share price has done very poorly compared to where it was a year ago: Despite any rallies, the net result is that it is down by 32.36%, which is also worse that the performance of the S&P 500 Index. Investors have so far failed to pay much attention to the earnings improvements the company has managed to achieve over the last quarter. Naturally, the overall market trend is bound to be a significant factor. However, in one sense, the stock's sharp decline last year is a positive for future investors, making it cheaper (in proportion to its earnings over the past year) than most other stocks in its industry. But due to other concerns, we feel the stock is still not a good buy right now.
  • The company's current return on equity greatly increased when compared to its ROE from the same quarter one year prior. This is a signal of significant strength within the corporation. Compared to other companies in the Electrical Equipment industry and the overall market, OCEAN POWER TECHNOLOGIES INC's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • The net income growth from the same quarter one year ago has exceeded that of the S&P 500, but is less than that of the Electrical Equipment industry average. The net income increased by 12.4% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, going from -$3.75 million to -$3.28 million.
  • OCEAN POWER TECHNOLOGIES INC has improved earnings per share by 47.2% in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. The company has demonstrated a pattern of positive earnings per share growth over the past two years. We feel that this trend should continue. This trend suggests that the performance of the business is improving. During the past fiscal year, OCEAN POWER TECHNOLOGIES INC continued to lose money by earning -$0.94 versus -$1.42 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings (-$0.76 versus -$0.94).

You can view the full analysis from the report here: Ocean Power Technologies Ratings Report

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