3 Stocks Driving The Utilities Sector Higher

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Two out of the three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 12 points (0.1%) at 17,830 as of Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014, 12:15 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,420 issues advancing vs. 1,510 declining with 216 unchanged.

The Utilities sector currently sits down 0.3% versus the S&P 500, which is unchanged. A company within the sector that increased today was Centrais Eletricas Brasileiras ( EBR.B), up 2.0%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include ITC Holdings ( ITC), down 1.9%, Western Gas Equity Partners ( WGP), down 1.0%, AES Corporation ( AES), down 1.2%, Northeast Utilities ( NU), down 1.1% and Edison International ( EIX), down 0.8%.

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

3. Korea Electric Power ( KEP) is one of the companies pushing the Utilities sector higher today. As of noon trading, Korea Electric Power is up $0.35 (1.8%) to $20.20 on light volume. Thus far, 105,799 shares of Korea Electric Power exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 423,100 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $20.16-$20.48 after having opened the day at $20.30 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $19.85.

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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 $26.1 billion and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are up 19.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there is 1 analyst who 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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2. As of noon trading, TransCanada ( TRP) is up $0.50 (1.0%) to $50.05 on light volume. Thus far, 279,257 shares of TransCanada exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $49.70-$50.22 after having opened the day at $49.72 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $49.55.

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TransCanada Corporation operates as an energy infrastructure company in North America. The company operates in three segments: Natural Gas Pipelines, Oil Pipelines, and Energy. TransCanada has a market cap of $35.9 billion and is part of the energy industry. Shares are up 8.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 2 analysts who rate TransCanada a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates TransCanada as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, expanding profit margins, good cash flow from operations and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full TransCanada Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Sempra Energy ( SRE) is up $0.77 (0.7%) to $110.93 on light volume. Thus far, 348,985 shares of Sempra Energy exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $110.25-$111.35 after having opened the day at $110.61 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $110.16.

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Sempra Energy, an energy-services holding company, develops energy infrastructure, operates utilities, and provides related services. The company's San Diego Gas & Electric Company segment generates, transmits, and distributes electricity; and distributes, transmits, and stores natural gas. Sempra Energy has a market cap of $27.2 billion and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are up 22.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 9 analysts who rate Sempra Energy a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Sempra Energy as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, growth in earnings per share, increase in net income, good cash flow from operations and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full Sempra Energy 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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