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Tickers in this Article: XTXI, TRGP, IDA, CVA, PNY, TCP, WES
The Nasdaq has increased 0.6%, the S&P 500 has climbed 0.2% and the Dow has moved little so far today. 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.

CompanyMarket CapPercentage Change
Crosstex Energy (Nasdaq:XTXI)$658.1 million+3.7%
Targa (NYSE:TRGP)$2.19 billion+2.7%
IDACORP (NYSE:IDA)$2.13 billion+1.3%
Covanta (NYSE:CVA)$2.41 billion-1.2%
Piedmont Natural Gas Company (NYSE:PNY)$2.22 billion+1.1%
TC (NYSE:TCP)$2.1 billion+1.1%
Western Gas (NYSE:WES)$4.39 billion+1.1%
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Crosstex Energy (Nasdaq:XTXI) is currently trading at $14.40 per share, a 3.7% increase. So far today, the company's volume is 100,761 shares.

Targa (NYSE:TRGP) has risen 2.7% and is currently trading at $52.93 per share. With 130,183 shares changing hands so far today, the company's volume is in keeping with its current three-month average.

Rising 1.3%, IDACORP (NYSE:IDA) is currently trading at $42.93 per share. So far today, 52,978 shares of the company's stock have changed hands. At this rate, trading activity will likely be down from yesterday when 205,637 shares changed hands.

Slipping 1.2%, Covanta (NYSE:CVA) is currently trading at $18.09 per share. So far today, the company's volume is 213,170 shares, 0.4 times its current daily average.

Piedmont Natural Gas Company (NYSE:PNY) has risen 1.1% to hit a current price of $31.05 per share. The company's volume for the day so far is 126,939 shares.

Increasing 1.1%, TC (NYSE:TCP) is trading at $39.71 per share. At 30,911 shares, the company's volume so far today is 0.2 times the current three-month average.

Western Gas (NYSE:WES) has moved up 1.1% and is currently trading at $46.28 per share. So far today, the company's volume is 39,103 shares. This is on pace to fall short of yesterday's volume of 255,437 shares.

The Bottom Line The nature of the market is such that stocks will have good days and bad days. Paying close attention to the previous ratios will help you identify key times to adjust your strategy. However, these fundamental metrics must be analyzed with historic data, industry information in addition to firm specific financial statements.

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