3 Stocks Improving Performance Of The Utilities Sector

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All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 25 points (-0.1%) at 18,080 as of Tuesday, May 12, 2015, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,119 issues advancing vs. 1,860 declining with 154 unchanged.

The Utilities sector currently sits down 0.3% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.3%. Top gainers within the sector include Centrais Eletricas Brasileiras ( EBR.B), up 2.8%, and Centrais Eletricas Brasileiras ( EBR), up 2.7%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Western Gas Equity Partners ( WGP), down 3.9%, Huaneng Power International ( HNP), down 2.2%, CenterPoint Energy ( CNP), down 1.9%, Praxair ( PX), down 0.9% and Dominion Resources ( DCUB), down 0.7%.

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 $0.18 (0.8%) to $21.84 on light volume. Thus far, 174,244 shares of Korea Electric Power exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 544,000 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $21.46-$21.84 after having opened the day at $21.67 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $21.66.

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Korea Electric Power Corporation, integrated electric utility company, generates, transmits, and distributes electricity in Korea and internationally. Korea Electric Power has a market cap of $27.6 billion and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are up 10.9% 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 attractive valuation levels, increase in stock price during the past year and notable return on equity. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including unimpressive growth in net income, generally higher debt management risk and poor profit margins. Get the full Korea Electric Power Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, NRG Energy ( NRG) is up $0.28 (1.1%) to $26.28 on average volume. Thus far, 1.7 million shares of NRG Energy exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $25.57-$26.33 after having opened the day at $25.88 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $26.00.

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NRG Energy, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, operates as a power company. NRG Energy has a market cap of $8.9 billion and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are down 2.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 6 analysts who rate NRG Energy a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates NRG Energy as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth and notable return on equity. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself, unimpressive growth in net income and generally higher debt management risk. Get the full NRG Energy Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, EQT ( EQT) is up $1.86 (2.1%) to $91.73 on heavy volume. Thus far, 1.0 million shares of EQT exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $89.58-$92.79 after having opened the day at $90.21 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $89.87.

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EQT Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, operates as a natural gas company in the United States. It operates in two segments, EQT Production and EQT Midstream. EQT has a market cap of $13.8 billion and is part of the energy industry. Shares are up 20.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 11 analysts who rate EQT a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates EQT as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself, disappointing return on equity and weak operating cash flow. Get the full EQT 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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