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Tickers in this Article: CPL, EXC, HNP, SBS, NJR, PNG, EE
The market has been slipping so far today. The Nasdaq has slipped 0.2%; the S&P 500 has fallen 0.2%; and the Dow has declined 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) has risen 0.5% despite little change in the market overall. Currently, the biggest movers in the sector are:
CompanyMarket CapPercentage Change
CPFL Energia S.A (NYSE:CPL)$10.25 billion+2.6%
Exelon (NYSE:EXC)$24.41 billion+2.2%
Huaneng Power International, Inc (NYSE:HNP)$11.59 billion-2.1%
Companhia de Saneamento Basico (NYSE:SBS)$9.64 billion-1.7%
New Jersey (NYSE:NJR)$1.63 billion+1.5%
PAA Natural Gas Storage (NYSE:PNG)$1.56 billion-1.4%
El Paso Electric (NYSE:EE)$1.22 billion+1.1%
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CPFL Energia S.A (NYSE:CPL) is currently trading at $21.86 per share, a 2.6% increase. So far today, the company's volume is 152,808 shares, consistent with its current daily average.

Exelon (NYSE:EXC) has risen 2.2% to hit a current price of $29.96 per share. The company's volume for the day so far is seven million shares.

Falling 2.1%, Huaneng Power International, Inc (NYSE:HNP) is currently at a share price of $31.70. So far today, the company's volume is 19,424 shares, consistent with the volume from yesterday while it was 45,865 shares yesterday.

Currently trading at $84.25 per share, Companhia de Saneamento Basico (NYSE:SBS) has fallen 1.7%. This morning, the company is trading a volume of 128,090 shares. This is 0.3 times the average volume over the last three months.

Rising 1.5%, New Jersey (NYSE:NJR) is currently trading at $40.24 per share. At 81,380 shares, the company's volume so far today is consistent with its current daily average.

After a decline of 1.4%, PAA Natural Gas Storage (NYSE:PNG) has hit a share price of $18.25. The company is currently trading a volume of 39,399 shares.

After an increase of 1.1%, El Paso Electric (NYSE:EE) has reached a current price of $30.96. So far today, 136,068 shares have changed hands,.

The Bottom Line No matter the economic climate, Wall Street will always have stocks that make major moves each week. Paying close attention to the previous ratios will help you identify key times to adjust your strategy. Tools like valuation ratios and profit margins, however, are only as useful as the context you put them in; remember to take historical data and competitor performance into account.

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