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Tickers in this Article: NFG, SBS, NRG, EOC, ETP, WES, FE
The market is having a good day so far: the Nasdaq has increased 0.3%; the S&P 500 has climbed 0.6%; and the Dow is 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 up 0.3%, outperforming the market overall. The biggest movers in the sector so far are:
CompanyMarket CapPercentage Change
National Fuel (NYSE:NFG)$4.27 billion+2%
Companhia de Saneamento Basico (NYSE:SBS)$9.79 billion-1.8%
NRG (NYSE:NRG)$5.26 billion+1.7%
Empresa Nacional de Electricidad (NYSE:EOC)$13.11 billion+1.3%
Energy Transfer (NYSE:ETP)$10.57 billion-1.1%
Western Gas (NYSE:WES)$4.96 billion+0.9%
FirstEnergy (NYSE:FE)$18.66 billion+0.9%
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National Fuel (NYSE:NFG) has increased to a share price of $52.26, a 2% rise. The company's volume for the day so far is 97,222 shares. This is 0.3 times the current daily average. High volume indicates a lot of investor interest while low volume indicates the opposite.

Companhia de Saneamento Basico (NYSE:SBS) has fallen 1.8% and is currently trading at $84.44 per share. So far today, the company's volume is 139,880 shares, on pace to reach yesterday's volume of 294,958 shares. Volume indicates the level of interest that investors have in a company at its current price.

After an increase of 1.7%, NRG (NYSE:NRG) has reached a current price of $23.42. So far today, the company's volume is 1.3 million shares. When a stock price moves up or down, watching the volume is a good way of identifying how significant that shift is.

Empresa Nacional de Electricidad (NYSE:EOC) is currently trading at $48.57 per share, a 1.3% increase. The company's volume is currently 11,441 shares for the day, 0.1 times its average over the past three months. The trading volume for a stock indicates the level of investor interest.

Energy Transfer (NYSE:ETP) is down 1.1% to reach $42.57 per share. This morning, the company's volume is 2.2 million shares. This is 0.6 times its average daily volume. A stock's volume conveys how excited investors are about it.

Western Gas (NYSE:WES) is up 0.9% to reach a current price of $52.28 per share. The company's volume is currently 20,853 shares for the day, lighter than yesterday's volume of 122,366 shares. If a stock is trading on low volume, then there is not much interest in the stock. On the other hand, if a stock is trading on high volume, then there is a lot of interest in the stock.

FirstEnergy (NYSE:FE) has risen 0.9% to hit a current price of $45.05 per share. So far today, 709,639 shares have changed hands. As a stock moves up or down, it is important to pay attention to the trading volume. This indicates the level of interest: the higher the volume, the more the interest.

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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