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Tickers in this Article: HNP, CLNE, NEE, SEP, ETE, SBS, OKE
So far today, the Nasdaq has moved little, the S&P 500 has risen 0.1% and the Dow is up 0.3%. 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.

These are the biggest movers in the Utilities sector (XLU) (+0.1%):
CompanyMarket CapPercentage Change
Huaneng Power International, Inc (NYSE:HNP).59 billion+2.9%
Clean Energy (Nasdaq:CLNE).11 billion-2.2%
NextEra Energy (NYSE:NEE).91 billion-2.2%
Spectra Energy (NYSE:SEP).96 billion+2.1%
Energy Transfer Equity (NYSE:ETE).5 billion+1.3%
Companhia de Saneamento Basico (NYSE:SBS).44 billion+1.3%
Oneok (NYSE:OKE).6 billion+1.3%
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Increasing 2.9%, Huaneng Power International, Inc (NYSE:HNP) is trading at $30.99 per share. The company's volume is currently 45,568 shares for the day,.

Slipping 2.2%, Clean Energy (Nasdaq:CLNE) is currently trading at $12.53 per share. This morning, the company is trading a volume of 406,658 shares.

NextEra Energy (NYSE:NEE) has decreased to $69.20 per share, a 2.2% fall. The company's volume for the day so far is 1.9 million shares, 1.1 times its current three-month average.

After an increase of 2.1%, Spectra Energy (NYSE:SEP) has reached a current price of $31.40. So far today, the company's volume is 224,362 shares. This is 2.1 times the current daily average.

Energy Transfer Equity (NYSE:ETE) has increased to a share price of $45.23, a 1.3% rise. At 76,832 shares, the company's volume so far today is lighter than yesterday's volume of 477,257 shares.

Rising 1.3%, Companhia de Saneamento Basico (NYSE:SBS) is currently trading at $83.91 per share. So far today, 54,220 shares have changed hands.

Oneok (NYSE:OKE) is at $47.40 per share after an increase of 1.3%. At 207,327 shares, the company's volume so far today is 0.3 times its average over the past three months.

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. 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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