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Tickers in this Article: ELP, TRGP, SBS, ATO, CNL, AT, AEP
So far today, the Nasdaq has slipped 0.1%, the S&P 500 has remained steady and the Dow has declined 0.1%. 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 fallen 0.8% despite little change in the market overall. The biggest movers in the sector so far are:
CompanyMarket CapPercentage Change
Companhia Paranaense de Energia (NYSE:ELP).72 billion-4.4%
Targa (NYSE:TRGP).03 billion-2.8%
Companhia de Saneamento Basico (NYSE:SBS).35 billion-2.1%
Atmos (NYSE:ATO).15 billion-2%
Cleco (NYSE:CNL).45 billion-1.7%
Atlantic (NYSE:AT).43 billion+1.6%
AEP (NYSE:AEP).28 billion-1.5%
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Companhia Paranaense de Energia (NYSE:ELP) is currently trading at a share price of $13.01, a 4.4% decline. So far today, the company's volume is 332,347 shares, on pace to reach yesterday's volume of 559,326 shares.

Falling 2.8%, Targa (NYSE:TRGP) is currently at a share price of $46.47. So far today, 116,055 shares have changed hands. This is consistent with its current three-month average.

Slipping 2.1%, Companhia de Saneamento Basico (NYSE:SBS) is currently trading at $80.30 per share. This morning, the company is trading a volume of 83,651 shares.

Atmos (NYSE:ATO) is down 2% to reach $34.23 per share. At 110,434 shares, the company's volume so far today is 0.3 times the average daily volume.

Cleco (NYSE:CNL) is trading at $39.73 per share, down 1.7%. So far today, the company's volume is 87,499 shares. This is about the same trading activity as there was yesterday.

Rising 1.6%, Atlantic (NYSE:AT) is currently trading at $12.18 per share. The company's volume for the day so far is 373,709 shares, 0.3 times its average over the past three months.

AEP (NYSE:AEP) has fallen 1.5% and is currently trading at $41.18 per share. So far today, 1.2 million shares have changed hands.

The Bottom Line No matter the economic climate, Wall Street will always have stocks that make major moves each week. It is important to weigh current activity against historical performance when making any investment decisions. 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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