3 Stocks Raising The Utilities Sector Higher

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One out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 27 points (0.2%) at 17,793 as of Tuesday, June 9, 2015, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,256 issues advancing vs. 1,750 declining with 142 unchanged.

The Utilities sector currently is unchanged today versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.1%. Top gainers within the sector include EQT ( EQT), up 3.2%, Calpine ( CPN), up 1.4%, Brookfield Renewable Energy Partners ( BEP), up 1.4%, TransCanada ( TRP), up 0.8% and Sempra Energy ( SRE), up 0.5%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include CPFL Energy ( CPL), down 1.8%, Huaneng Power International ( HNP), down 1.5% and Consolidated Edison ( ED), down 1.1%.

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

3. Energy Company of Parana ( ELP) is one of the companies pushing the Utilities sector higher today. As of noon trading, Energy Company of Parana is up $0.34 (3.3%) to $10.78 on average volume. Thus far, 460,235 shares of Energy Company of Parana exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 667,800 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $10.64-$10.83 after having opened the day at $10.70 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $10.44.

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Companhia Paranaense de Energia - COPEL engages in the generation, transmission, distribution, and sale of electricity to industrial, residential, commercial, rural, and other customers primarily in the State of Parana, Brazil. Energy Company of Parana has a market cap of $2.8 billion and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are down 20.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there is 1 analyst who rates Energy Company of Parana a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Energy Company of Parana as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its attractive valuation levels, good cash flow from operations and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity and poor profit margins. Get the full Energy Company of Parana Ratings Report now.

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