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 7 points (0.0%) at 17,628 as of Monday, Nov. 17, 2014, 11:55 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,137 issues advancing vs. 1,826 declining with 176 unchanged.

The Utilities sector currently sits up 0.1% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.2%. A company within the sector that fell today was Centrais Eletricas Brasileiras ( EBR.B), up 15.1%. Top gainers within the sector include TransCanada ( TRP), up 2.1%, Public Service Enterprise Group ( PEG), up 1.5%, Entergy ( ETR), up 1.4%, American Electric Power ( AEP), up 1.3% and Edison International ( EIX), up 1.1%.

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 $0.11 (-5.0%) to $2.07 on light volume. Thus far, 355,378 shares of Centrais Eletricas Brasileiras exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $2.06-$2.10 after having opened the day at $2.10 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $2.18.

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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 $3.1 billion and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are down 15.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. 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 unimpressive growth in net income, poor profit margins, weak operating cash flow and generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself. Get the full Centrais Eletricas Brasileiras Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Huaneng Power International ( HNP) is down $1.41 (-3.0%) to $45.71 on average volume. Thus far, 31,612 shares of Huaneng Power International exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 73,700 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $45.39-$45.74 after having opened the day at $45.62 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $47.12.

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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 $16.5 billion and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are up 30.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there is 1 analyst that rates 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. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its unimpressive growth in net income, generally high debt management risk and weak operating cash flow. Get the full Huaneng Power International Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Korea Electric Power ( KEP) is down $0.22 (-1.1%) to $20.34 on average volume. Thus far, 290,344 shares of Korea Electric Power exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 403,000 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $20.07-$20.47 after having opened the day at $20.09 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $20.56.

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Korea Electric Power Corporation, an integrated electric utility company, generates, transmits, and distributes electricity in Korea. Korea Electric Power has a market cap of $25.5 billion and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are up 23.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. 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 also find weaknesses including poor profit margins and generally higher debt management risk. Get the full Korea Electric Power 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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