3 Utilities Stocks Moving The Sector Upward

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All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 97 points (-0.5%) at 17,802 as of Monday, June 15, 2015, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,032 issues advancing vs. 1,944 declining with 177 unchanged.

The Utilities sector currently sits up 1.0% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.5%. Top gainers within the sector include Niska Gas Storage Partners ( NKA), up 177.9%, and Dominion Resources ( DCUB), up 0.6%. A company within the sector that fell today was Huaneng Power International ( HNP), up 3.1%.

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

3. NiSource ( NI) is one of the companies pushing the Utilities sector higher today. As of noon trading, NiSource is up $0.36 (0.8%) to $46.32 on average volume. Thus far, 1.0 million shares of NiSource exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $45.70-$46.38 after having opened the day at $46.00 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $45.96.

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NiSource Inc., an energy holding company, provides natural gas, electricity, and other products and services in the United States. It operates through three segments: Gas Distribution Operations, Columbia Pipeline Group Operations, and Electric Operations. NiSource has a market cap of $14.7 billion and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are up 8.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 2 analysts who rate NiSource a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates NiSource as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in net income, good cash flow from operations and solid stock price performance. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity. Get the full NiSource Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Public Service Enterprise Group ( PEG) is up $0.35 (0.9%) to $40.05 on average volume. Thus far, 1.2 million shares of Public Service Enterprise Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $39.51-$40.22 after having opened the day at $39.62 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $39.70.

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Public Service Enterprise Group Incorporated, through its subsidiaries, operates as an energy company primarily in the northeastern and Mid Atlantic United States. Public Service Enterprise Group has a market cap of $20.4 billion and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are down 4.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 4 analysts who rate Public Service Enterprise Group a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Public Service Enterprise Group as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in stock price during the past year, compelling growth in net income, 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 Public Service Enterprise Group Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Dominion Resources ( D) is up $0.34 (0.5%) to $67.14 on average volume. Thus far, 1.0 million shares of Dominion Resources exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $66.60-$67.35 after having opened the day at $66.79 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $66.80.

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Dominion Resources, Inc. produces and transports energy in the United States. The company operates through three segments: Dominion Virginia Power (DVP), Dominion Generation, and Dominion Energy. Dominion Resources has a market cap of $39.6 billion and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are down 13.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 8 analysts who rate Dominion Resources a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Dominion Resources as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in net income, expanding profit margins, good cash flow from operations and growth in earnings per share. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself. Get the full Dominion Resources 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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