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Tickers in this Article: CIG, CMLP, ELP, PPL, ETE, SJI, SCG
The Nasdaq has increased 0.7%, the S&P 500 has risen 0.3% and the Dow is trading up 0.3%, marking a bad morning for the market. 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 relatively unchanged on a good day for the market overall. So far, the biggest movers in the sector are:
CompanyMarket CapPercentage Change
Companhia Energetica Minas Gerais (NYSE:CIG)$9.67 billion+4.6%
Crestwood Midstream (NYSE:CMLP)$1.08 billion+2.9%
Companhia Paranaense de Energia (NYSE:ELP)$3.73 billion+1.8%
PPL (NYSE:PPL)$17.07 billion-1.3%
Energy Transfer Equity (NYSE:ETE)$12.71 billion+1.3%
South Jersey Industries (NYSE:SJI)$1.59 billion-1.1%
Scana (NYSE:SCG)$6.11 billion-1.1%
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Companhia Energetica Minas Gerais (NYSE:CIG) is currently trading at $11.86 per share, a 4.6% increase. So far today, 1.4 million shares have changed hands. This is 0.2 times the average volume over the last three months.

After rising 2.9%, Crestwood Midstream (NYSE:CMLP) is currently trading at a share price of $23. So far today, the company's volume is 42,910 shares, in keeping with its current daily average.

Companhia Paranaense de Energia (NYSE:ELP) is at $13.88 per share after an increase of 1.8%. So far today, the company's volume is 147,935 shares.

Falling 1.3%, PPL (NYSE:PPL) is currently at a share price of $28.96. This morning, 1.1 million shares have been traded, which is likely to result in less activity than yesterday's volume of 4.1 million shares.

Energy Transfer Equity (NYSE:ETE) has moved up 1.3% and is currently trading at $46 per share. The company is currently trading a volume of 283,698 shares. This is 0.6 times its average volume over the past three months.

South Jersey Industries (NYSE:SJI) has fallen 1.1% and is currently trading at $50.16 per share. So far today, the company's volume is 16,233 shares, 0.2 times the average daily volume.

Currently trading at $45.82 per share, Scana (NYSE:SCG) has fallen 1.1%. So far today, 177,995 shares have changed hands.

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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