3 Utilities Stocks Pushing The Sector Higher

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One out of the three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 34 points (0.2%) at 17,646 as of Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014, 12:00 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,160 issues advancing vs. 1,783 declining with 183 unchanged.

The Utilities sector currently sits down 0.7% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.1%. A company within the sector that increased today was Korea Electric Power ( KEP), up 1.1%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include EQT ( EQT), down 1.9%, NRG Energy ( NRG), down 1.8%, ONEOK ( OKE), down 1.4%, TransCanada ( TRP), down 0.8% and Exelon ( EXC), down 0.9%.

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

3. WGL Holdings ( WGL) is one of the companies pushing the Utilities sector higher today. As of noon trading, WGL Holdings is up $1.48 (3.1%) to $49.01 on average volume. Thus far, 121,559 shares of WGL Holdings exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 297,200 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $47.93-$50.00 after having opened the day at $47.94 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $47.53.

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WGL Holdings, Inc., through its subsidiaries, sells and delivers natural gas, and provides energy-related products and services. The company operates in four segments: Regulated Utility, Retail Energy-Marketing, Commercial Energy Systems, and Midstream Energy Services. WGL Holdings has a market cap of $2.5 billion and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are up 18.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there is 1 analyst who rates WGL Holdings a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates WGL Holdings as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its good cash flow from operations and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full WGL Holdings Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, AES Corporation ( AES) is up $0.26 (1.9%) to $13.70 on heavy volume. Thus far, 3.4 million shares of AES Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $13.46-$13.77 after having opened the day at $13.48 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $13.44.

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The AES Corporation operates as a diversified power generation and utility company. It owns and/or operates power plants to generate and sell power to customers, such as utilities, industrial users, and other intermediaries. AES Corporation has a market cap of $9.6 billion and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are down 7.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 7 analysts who rate AES Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates AES Corporation as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, growth in earnings per share and increase in net income. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including generally higher debt management risk, poor profit margins and weak operating cash flow. Get the full AES Corporation Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Entergy ( ETR) is up $1.00 (1.2%) to $82.62 on average volume. Thus far, 772,179 shares of Entergy exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $81.70-$82.80 after having opened the day at $81.83 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $81.62.

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Entergy Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, is engaged in the electric power production and retail electric distribution operations in the United States. It generates electricity through gas/oil, nuclear, coal, and hydro power. Entergy has a market cap of $15.0 billion and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are up 29.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there is 1 analyst who rates Entergy a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 9 rate it a hold.

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