3 Stocks Dragging In The Utilities Sector

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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. 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%. A company within the sector that increased today was Centrais Eletricas Brasileiras ( EBR.B), up 2.0%.

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

3. PPL ( PPL) is one of the companies pushing the Utilities sector lower today. As of noon trading, PPL is down $0.24 (-0.7%) to $34.91 on light volume. Thus far, 893,657 shares of PPL exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $34.85-$35.24 after having opened the day at $35.24 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $35.15.

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PPL Corporation, an energy and utility holding company, generates, transmits, distributes, and sells electricity to wholesale and retail customers in the Pennsylvania, Kentucky, Virginia, Tennessee, and the United Kingdom. The company operates in four segments: Kentucky Regulated, U.K. PPL has a market cap of $23.6 billion and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are up 16.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate PPL a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates PPL as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, increase in net income, solid stock price performance and growth in earnings per share. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated. Get the full PPL Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Exelon ( EXC) is down $0.18 (-0.5%) to $35.07 on average volume. Thus far, 2.5 million shares of Exelon exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $34.69-$35.30 after having opened the day at $35.30 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $35.25.

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Exelon Corporation, a utility services holding company, is engaged in the energy generation business in the United States. It operates through nine segments: Mid-Atlantic, Midwest, New England, New York, ERCOT, Other Regions, ComEd, PECO, and BGE. Exelon has a market cap of $31.2 billion and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are up 28.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate Exelon a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Exelon as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, revenue growth 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 Exelon Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Southern ( SO) is down $0.25 (-0.5%) to $46.46 on light volume. Thus far, 1.4 million shares of Southern exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $46.30-$46.75 after having opened the day at $46.75 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $46.71.

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The Southern Company, together with its subsidiaries, operates as a public electric utility company. Southern has a market cap of $42.5 billion and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are up 13.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 2 analysts that rate Southern a buy, 3 analysts rate it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Southern as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, notable return on equity, good cash flow from operations, expanding profit margins 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 Southern 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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