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The market is on the rise this morning. The Nasdaq has moved up 2.3%; the S&P 500 is up 1.8%; and the Dow has climbed 1.9%. 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
Energy Transfer Equity (NYSE:ETE)$12.73 billion+4.6%
Energy Transfer (NYSE:ETP)$12.9 billion+4%
Targa (NYSE:TRGP)$2.25 billion+3.9%
Oneok (NYSE:OKS)$11.87 billion+3.8%
DCP Midstream (NYSE:DPM)$2.55 billion+3.4%
Enterprise Products Partners (NYSE:EPD)$45.08 billion+3.3%
Western Gas (NYSE:WES)$4.57 billion+3.3%
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After rising 4.6%, Energy Transfer Equity (NYSE:ETE) is currently trading at a share price of $47.57. So far today, the company's volume is 342,135 shares, consistent with its current daily average.

After an increase of 4%, Energy Transfer (NYSE:ETP) has reached a current price of $44.66. The company's volume for the day so far is 1.2 million shares.

Targa (NYSE:TRGP) has risen 3.9% and is currently trading at $54.92 per share. The company's volume for the day so far is 219,564 shares, 0.7 times the average volume over the last three months.

Oneok (NYSE:OKS) is at $56.01 per share after an increase of 3.8%. The company's volume is currently 428,263 shares.

DCP Midstream (NYSE:DPM) has risen 3.4% to hit a current price of $43.10 per share. The company's volume is currently 94,976 shares for the day, in keeping with its current daily average.

Rising 3.3%, Enterprise Products Partners (NYSE:EPD) is currently trading at $51.76 per share. This morning, the company is trading a volume of 851,993 shares.

Western Gas (NYSE:WES) is up 3.3% to reach a current price of $49.15 per share. At 124,453 shares, the company's volume so far today is consistent with its current three-month average.

The Bottom Line The nature of the market is such that stocks will have good days and bad days. Paying close attention to the previous ratios will help you identify key times to adjust your strategy. However, these fundamental metrics must be analyzed with historic data, industry information in addition to firm specific financial statements.

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