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Tickers in this Article: XTEX, GXP, ETP, CIG, CLNE, AEE, LNT
The market is on the rise this morning. The Nasdaq has climbed 0.9%; the S&P 500 has risen 0.5%; and the Dow is up 0.2%. 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.

Despite a good day for the overall market so far, the Utilities sector (XLU) is down 0.3% and its current biggest movers are:
CompanyMarket CapPercentage Change
Crosstex Energy (Nasdaq:XTEX)0.1 million-4.5%
Great Plains Energy (NYSE:GXP).29 billion-4.3%
Energy Transfer (NYSE:ETP).18 billion+2.5%
Companhia Energetica Minas Gerais (NYSE:CIG).38 billion+2.5%
Clean Energy (Nasdaq:CLNE)6.2 million+2.3%
Ameren (NYSE:AEE).64 billion-2.2%
Alliant (NYSE:LNT).75 billion+2.2%
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Slipping 4.5%, Crosstex Energy (Nasdaq:XTEX) is currently trading at $14.08 per share. The company is currently trading a volume of 171,692 shares.

Currently trading at $20.49 per share, Great Plains Energy (NYSE:GXP) has fallen 4.3%. So far today, the company's volume is 1.1 million shares, 2.1 times the average volume over the last three months.

Energy Transfer (NYSE:ETP) is up 2.5% to reach a current price of $42.50 per share. The company's volume for the day so far is 1.4 million shares. At this rate, trading activity will likely be down from yesterday when 5.2 million shares changed hands.

Companhia Energetica Minas Gerais (NYSE:CIG) has moved up 2.5% and is currently trading at $11.28 per share. At 8.3 million shares, the company's volume so far today is 2.5 times its current daily average.

After an increase of 2.3%, Clean Energy (Nasdaq:CLNE) has reached a current price of $11.25. This morning, the company is trading a volume of 613,033 shares.

Ameren (NYSE:AEE) is trading at $30.80 per share, down 2.2%. At 888,197 shares, the company's volume so far today is consistent with its current three-month average.

Alliant (NYSE:LNT) has moved up 2.2% and is currently trading at $43.70 per share. The company's volume is currently 333,238 shares.

The Bottom Line On any given day, a particular stock may see positive or negative change in its share price. 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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