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Tickers in this Article: ORA, TRGP, SJI, IDA, LG, LNT, ELP
It's been a good morning for the market. The Nasdaq has increased 0.5%; the S&P 500 has climbed 0.6%; and the Dow is up 0.5%. The utilities sector is a category of stocks for utilities such as gas and power. It contains companies such as electric, gas and water firms and integrated providers. Because utilities require significant infrastructure, these firms often carry large amounts of debt. With a high debt load, utilities companies become sensitive to changes in the interest rate. As interest rates rise or drop, the debt payments will increase or decrease. The utilities sector performs best when interest rates are falling or remain low.

CompanyMarket CapPercentage Change
Ormat Technologies (NYSE:ORA)$873.6 million+3.6%
Targa (NYSE:TRGP)$2.06 billion+2.5%
South Jersey Industries (NYSE:SJI)$1.57 billion+1.8%
IDACORP (NYSE:IDA)$2.16 billion+1.8%
Laclede Group (NYSE:LG)$899 million-1.8%
Alliant (NYSE:LNT)$4.86 billion+1.8%
Companhia Paranaense de Energia (NYSE:ELP)$4.16 billion-1.7%
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Ormat Technologies (NYSE:ORA) has moved up 3.6% and is currently trading at $19.91 per share. So far today, the company's volume is 37,310 shares, in line with the current daily average.

After an increase of 2.5%, Targa (NYSE:TRGP) has reached a current price of $49.65. So far today, 108,457 shares have changed hands.

Increasing 1.8%, South Jersey Industries (NYSE:SJI) is trading at $51.31 per share. At 31,531 shares, the company's volume so far today is 0.3 times the current three-month average.

IDACORP (NYSE:IDA) is up 1.8% to reach a current price of $43.79 per share. So far today, 66,955 shares of the company's stock have changed hands.

Laclede Group (NYSE:LG) is down 1.8% to reach $39.11 per share. The company's volume is currently 68,372 shares for the day, 0.7 times its current daily average.

Alliant (NYSE:LNT) has risen 1.8% to hit a current price of $44.53 per share. The company is currently trading a volume of 205,327 shares.

Companhia Paranaense de Energia (NYSE:ELP) has fallen 1.7% and is currently trading at $14.94 per share. The company's volume is currently 104,374 shares for the day, 0.2 times its current three-month average.

The Bottom Line The nature of the market is such that stocks will have good days and bad days. Daily stock performance should be weighed against historical performance and put in context of the market overall. However, these fundamental metrics must be analyzed with historic data, industry information in addition to firm specific financial statements.

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