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Tickers in this Article: EXC, CPL, ETP, ATLS, TCP, CMLP, LG
The Nasdaq has remained steady, the S&P 500 is down 0.2% and the Dow has fallen 0.3% after the morning's trading. 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) has fallen 0.3% despite little change in the market overall. The biggest movers in the sector so far are:
CompanyMarket CapPercentage Change
Exelon (NYSE:EXC).66 billion-3%
CPFL Energia S.A (NYSE:CPL).33 billion-2.5%
Energy Transfer (NYSE:ETP).55 billion-2.1%
Atlas (NYSE:ATLS).78 billion-2%
TC (NYSE:TCP).28 billion+1.6%
Crestwood Midstream (NYSE:CMLP).09 billion+1.5%
Laclede Group (NYSE:LG)3.3 million-1.4%
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Exelon (NYSE:EXC) is trading at $32.57 per share, down 3%. At 8.5 million shares, the company's volume so far today is 1.1 times the average daily volume.

Falling 2.5%, CPFL Energia S.A (NYSE:CPL) is currently at a share price of $22.97. So far today, 57,921 shares have changed hands.

Currently trading at $42.07 per share, Energy Transfer (NYSE:ETP) has fallen 2.1%. The company's volume is currently 633,945 shares for the day, 0.4 times the current three-month average.

Atlas (NYSE:ATLS) is down 2% to reach $34.03 per share. The company is trading at a volume of 51,290 shares.

TC (NYSE:TCP) is currently trading at $43.26 per share, a 1.6% increase. The company's volume is currently 26,663 shares for the day, 0.3 times its current daily average.

Crestwood Midstream (NYSE:CMLP) has risen 1.5% to hit a current price of $22.95 per share. The company is currently trading a volume of 42,708 shares.

Laclede Group (NYSE:LG) has decreased to $40.87 per share, a 1.4% fall. So far today, the company's volume is 21,273 shares, 0.3 times the average volume over the last three months.

The Bottom Line No matter the economic climate, Wall Street will always have stocks that make major moves each week. It is important to weigh current activity against historical performance when making any investment decisions. 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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