The Nasdaq has been relatively flat, the S&P 500 has increased 0.3% and the Dow is unchanged 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 biggest movers in the Utilities sector (XLU) (+0.8%) are:

CompanyMarket CapPercentage Change
Centrais Eletricas Brasileiras SA (NYSE:EBR)$9.03 billion-3.2%
American Water Works Co (NYSE:AWK)$6.41 billion+1.6%
Companhia Paranaense de Energia (NYSE:ELP)$4.38 billion-1.5%
National Fuel (NYSE:NFG)$4.36 billion+1.5%
New Jersey (NYSE:NJR)$1.88 billion+1.2%
Southern (NYSE:SO)$40.14 billion+1.2%
Integrys Energy (NYSE:TEG)$4.29 billion+1.1%
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Slipping 3.2%, Centrais Eletricas Brasileiras SA (NYSE:EBR) is currently trading at $5.68 per share. The company is currently trading a volume of 435,094 shares.

American Water Works Co (NYSE:AWK) has risen 1.6% to hit a current price of $36.90 per share. The company's volume is currently 175,427 shares for the day, 0.3 times the average daily volume.

At $15.75, Companhia Paranaense de Energia (NYSE:ELP) has slipped 1.5%. The company's volume is currently 138,260 shares. This is on pace to fall short of yesterday's volume of 638,214 shares.

Increasing 1.5%, National Fuel (NYSE:NFG) is trading at $53.10 per share. At 162,997 shares, the company's volume so far today is in keeping with its current three-month average.

New Jersey (NYSE:NJR) has moved up 1.2% and is currently trading at $45.77 per share. So far today, the company's volume is 25,051 shares.

Southern (NYSE:SO) is up 1.2% to reach a current price of $46.42 per share. So far today, the company's volume is 1.1 million shares, in keeping with its current daily average.

After rising 1.1%, Integrys Energy (NYSE:TEG) is currently trading at a share price of $55.42. The company is trading at a volume of 45,148 shares. At this rate, trading activity will likely be down from yesterday when 286,674 shares changed hands.

The Bottom Line No matter the economic climate, Wall Street will always have stocks that make major moves each week. Daily stock performance should be weighed against historical performance and put in context of the market overall. However, these fundamental metrics must be analyzed with historic data, industry information in addition to firm specific financial statements.

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Tickers in this Article: EBR, AWK, ELP, NFG, NJR, SO, TEG

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