The Utilities Sector encompasses those companies considered electric, gas or water utilities, or companies that operate as independent producers and/or distributors of power.

Last % Change Market Cap Market Weight Weighting Recommendations
S&P Capital IQ Ned Davis Research (PDF)
+0.04% $1.12T 3.08% Underweight -1%

Sector Commentary from Standard & Poor's

S&P Capital IQ recommends underweighting the S&P 500 Utilities sector. Year to date through April 3, 2014, the S&P 500 Utilities Index, which represented 3.0% of the S&P 500 Index, was up 8.4% in price, compared with a 2.2% gain for the S&P 500. In 2013, this sector index rose 8.8%, versus a price advance of 29.6% for the 500. There are four sub-industry indices in this sector. Electric Utilities is the largest, representing 56.6% of the sector's market value, while Gas Utilities is the smallest, accounting for 1.2% of the sector.
The cap-weighted average of this sector's component company S&P Capital IQ STARS (Stock Appreciation Ranking System) is 3.2, as compared with a cap-weighted average of 3.5 for the S&P 500. The sub-industry within this sector that currently shows the highest average STARS is Independent Power Producers & Energy Traders at 4.5. The sub-industry with the lowest average STARS is Multi-Utilities at 2.9. According to Capital IQ, the sector is projected to record a 5.5% year-over-year increase in operating earnings per share in 2014, as compared with the S&P 500's estimated EPS growth of 7.5%. During 2013, this sector posted a 0.6% advance in EPS, versus an increase of 5.9% for the S&P 500. The sector's price-to-earnings ratio of 15.9X, based on consensus 2014 operating EPS estimates, is below the S&P 500's forward P/E of 16.0X. Capital IQ also reports that the consensus long-term EPS growth estimate for this sector is 4.25% versus the S&P 500's 12.0%, giving the sector a P/E-to-projected EPS growth rate (PEG) ratio of 3.8X, which is well above the broader market's PEG of 1.3X. Finally, this sector pays a dividend yield of 3.8%, as compared with the yield of 2.0% for the S&P 500.
S&P Capital IQ's proprietary technical indicator for this sector currently shows a positive reading. In researching the past market history of prices and trading volume for each company, S&P Capital IQ's computer models apply special technical methods and formulas to identify and project price trends for the sector.


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