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Tickers in this Article: KEP, AEE, CPNO, DPM, ORA, NGG, NRGM
The Nasdaq is down 0.4%, the S&P 500 has been relatively flat and the Dow is trading down 0.1% 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.

As with the overall market, the Utilities sector has shown little movement, but here are its current biggest movers:
CompanyMarket CapPercentage Change
Korea Electric Power Corporation (NYSE:KEP)$16.87 billion+4.2%
Ameren (NYSE:AEE)$7.29 billion+3.7%
Copano Energy (Nasdaq:CPNO)$2.45 billion+1.7%
DCP Midstream (NYSE:DPM)$2.43 billion+1.5%
Ormat Technologies (NYSE:ORA)$925.4 million-1.5%
National Grid plc (NYSE:NGG)$41.28 billion-1.4%
Inergy (NYSE:NRGM)$1.69 billion+1.3%
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Korea Electric Power Corporation (NYSE:KEP) has increased to a share price of $13.69, a 4.2% rise. The company's volume for the day so far is 589,745 shares.

Ameren (NYSE:AEE) is up 3.7% to reach a current price of $31.15 per share. So far today, 2.4 million shares have changed hands,.

After rising 1.7%, Copano Energy (Nasdaq:CPNO) is currently trading at a share price of $31.58. The company's volume for the morning is 135,543 shares. This is in line with its current daily average.

DCP Midstream (NYSE:DPM) has risen 1.5% and is currently trading at $40.44 per share. At 67,838 shares, the company's volume so far today is 0.3 times its average over the past three months.

Ormat Technologies (NYSE:ORA) has decreased to $20.07 per share, a 1.5% fall. This morning, the company is trading a volume of 38,973 shares.

At $57.01, National Grid plc (NYSE:NGG) has slipped 1.4%. So far today, the company's volume is 226,721 shares,.

Inergy (NYSE:NRGM) has risen 1.3% to hit a current price of $22.74 per share. This morning, the company's volume is 8,005 shares. This is in line with its current daily average.

The Bottom Line On any given day, a particular stock may see positive or negative change in its share price. It is important to weigh current activity against historical performance when making any investment decisions. 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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