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Tickers in this Article: ENB, WPZ, EOC, LG, GXP, WES, EE
So far today, the Nasdaq has slipped 0.7%, the S&P 500 has remained steady and the Dow has moved up 0.3%. 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.

The Utilities sector (XLU) is unchanged so far today and here are its biggest movers:
CompanyMarket CapPercentage Change
Enbridge Inc (NYSE:ENB)$32.27 billion+2.8%
Williams Partners (NYSE:WPZ)$17.05 billion-1.7%
Empresa Nacional de Electricidad (NYSE:EOC)$12.38 billion+1.6%
Laclede Group (NYSE:LG)$918.4 million-1.5%
Great Plains Energy (NYSE:GXP)$3.12 billion-1.2%
Western Gas (NYSE:WES)$4.48 billion+1.2%
El Paso Electric (NYSE:EE)$1.27 billion-1.1%
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Increasing 2.8%, Enbridge Inc (NYSE:ENB) is trading at $41.47 per share. This morning, the company is trading a volume of 592,735 shares. This is one times its average volume over the past three months.

Williams Partners (NYSE:WPZ) is currently trading at a share price of $47.20, a 1.7% decline. At 301,763 shares, the company's volume so far today is 0.6 times the average daily volume.

Empresa Nacional de Electricidad (NYSE:EOC) is currently trading at $46.01 per share, a 1.6% increase. The company's volume for the day so far is 266,300 shares.

Laclede Group (NYSE:LG) is currently trading at a share price of $40.11, a 1.5% decline. So far today, the company's volume is 22,516 shares, which is likely to result in less activity than yesterday's volume of 194,964 shares.

At $20.05, Great Plains Energy (NYSE:GXP) has slipped 1.2%. The company's volume for the day so far is 527,820 shares. This is in keeping with its current three-month average.

After rising 1.2%, Western Gas (NYSE:WES) is currently trading at a share price of $47.22. At 89,676 shares, the company's volume so far today is in line with the current daily average.

After a decline of 1.1%, El Paso Electric (NYSE:EE) has hit a share price of $31.29. So far today, the company's volume is 22,854 shares.

The Bottom Line On any given day, a particular stock may see positive or negative change in its share price. Paying close attention to the previous ratios will help you identify key times to adjust your strategy. Keep in mind that all these ratios should be compared against historical numbers and industry information in order to get a more complete picture.

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