Utilities Stocks On The Rise With Help From 3 Stocks

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One out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 5 points (0.0%) at 17,810 as of Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014, 12:20 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,661 issues advancing vs. 1,320 declining with 162 unchanged.

The Utilities sector currently sits up 0.1% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.1%. Top gainers within the sector include Huaneng Power International ( HNP), up 2.6%, TransCanada ( TRP), up 0.9%, Exelon ( EXC), up 1.2% and Consolidated Edison ( ED), up 0.9%.

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

3. Companhia De Saneamento Basico Do Estado De ( SBS) is one of the companies pushing the Utilities sector higher today. As of noon trading, Companhia De Saneamento Basico Do Estado De is up $0.14 (1.8%) to $7.74 on average volume. Thus far, 1.2 million shares of Companhia De Saneamento Basico Do Estado De exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $7.66-$7.80 after having opened the day at $7.76 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $7.60.

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Companhia de Saneamento Basico do Estado de Sao Paulo-SABESP provides basic and environmental sanitation services; and supplies treated water on a wholesale basis to residential, commercial, industrial, and governmental customers in the state of Sao Paulo. Companhia De Saneamento Basico Do Estado De has a market cap of $5.3 billion and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are down 33.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there is 1 analyst who rates Companhia De Saneamento Basico Do Estado De a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Companhia De Saneamento Basico Do Estado De as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its compelling growth in net income, notable return on equity and attractive valuation levels. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including weak operating cash flow and a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself. Get the full Companhia De Saneamento Basico Do Estado De Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Entergy ( ETR) is up $0.95 (1.2%) to $82.26 on light volume. Thus far, 476,606 shares of Entergy exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $81.54-$82.32 after having opened the day at $81.62 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $81.31.

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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 $14.7 billion and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are up 28.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. 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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1. As of noon trading, PG&E ( PCG) is up $0.47 (0.9%) to $49.75 on light volume. Thus far, 794,547 shares of PG&E exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $49.37-$49.77 after having opened the day at $49.43 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $49.28.

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PG&E Corporation, through its subsidiary, Pacific Gas and Electric Company, transmits, delivers, and sells electricity and natural gas to customers primarily in northern and central California. It serves approximately 15 million customers. PG&E has a market cap of $23.4 billion and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are up 22.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 6 analysts who rate PG&E a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates PG&E as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, attractive valuation levels, expanding profit margins and good cash flow from operations. Although no company is perfect, currently we do not see any significant weaknesses which are likely to detract from the generally positive outlook. Get the full PG&E 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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