5 Utilities Stocks in the Green: SO, AEP, EIX, SRE, SBS

Through early trading on Wednesday, September 28, 2011, these stocks are helping the Utilities (NYSE:XLU) sector today. Long time Wall St. Cheat Sheet readers know to watch stock prices because Technicals on the Stock Chart are Strong’ is one of the ‘T’s in our CHEAT SHEET investing framework.

Southern Company (NYSE:SO) is among the top price gainers in the sector. Its shares are trading at $42.58, up 28 cents (+0.7%) from the previous close of $42.30. Southern, through its operating companies, provides electric service in four Southeastern states.

Stock Price Performance: From August 1, 2011, to September 27, 2011, the stock price had risen $2.64 (6.7%) from $39.66 to $42.30. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between April 25, 2011 and May 4, 2011 when shares rose for eight straight trading days, rising 3.9% (+$1.45). It saw one of its worst periods between May 19, 2011 and May 27, 2011 when shares fell for seven straight trading days, falling 2.5% (-$1.01).

American Electric Power Company Inc (NYSE:AEP) is among the sector price gainers, as its shares are trading at $38.23, up 33 cents (+0.9%) from the previous close of $37.90. American Electric Power is a public utility holding company that provides electric service, consisting of generation, transmission, and distribution, to its retail customers through subsidiaries.

Stock Price Performance: From August 1, 2011, to September 27, 2011, the stock price had risen 53 cents (1.4%) from $37.37 to $37.90. It saw one of its worst periods between November 5, 2010 and November 17, 2010 when shares fell for nine straight trading days, falling 4.1% (-$1.46). The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between April 21, 2011 and May 3, 2011 when shares rose for eight straight trading days, rising 4.1% (+$1.42).

Edison International (NYSE:EIX) is among the top price gainers in the sector. Its shares are trading at $37.87, up 43 cents (+1.1%) from the previous close of $37.45. Through its subsidiaries, Edison International generates and distributes electric power and invests in infrastructure and energy assets, including renewable energy.

Stock Price Performance: From July 1, 2011, to September 27, 2011, the stock price had fallen $1.10 (-2.8%) from $38.87 to $37.77. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between March 16, 2011 and March 24, 2011 when shares rose for seven straight trading days, rising 3.5% (+$1.23). It saw one of its worst periods between July 22, 2011 and August 4, 2011 when shares fell for 10 straight trading days, falling 10.7% (-$4.18).

Sempra Energy (NYSE:SRE) is among the sector price gainers, as its shares are trading at $51.42, up 41 cents (+0.8%) from the previous close of $51.01. Sempra Energy is an energy services holding company. With its subsidiaries, the company provides electric, natural gas and other energy-rated products and services worldwide. It also focuses on developing energy infrastructure and operating utilities. .

Stock Price Performance: From September 20, 2011, to September 26, 2011, the stock price had dropped $2.43 (-4.6%) from $53.10 to $50.67. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between December 21, 2010 and December 31, 2010 when shares rose for eight straight trading days, rising 1.1% (+57 cents). It saw one of its worst periods between July 21, 2011 and August 2, 2011 when shares fell for nine straight trading days, falling 6.1% (-$3.20).

Companhia de Saneamento Basico do Estado de Sao Paulo-SABESP (NYSE:SBS) is among the top price gainers in the sector. Its shares are trading at $48.95, up 53 cents (+1.1%) from the previous close of $48.43. Companhia de Saneamento Basico is engaged in the provision of basic and environmental sanitation services. The company supplies treated water on a wholesale basis and provides sewage treatment services to six municipalities of the Greater Sao Paulo Metropolitan Area.

Stock Price Performance: From July 1, 2011, to September 27, 2011, the stock price had fallen $12.73 (-20.8%) from $61.16 to $48.43. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between July 14, 2011 and July 26, 2011 when shares rose for nine straight trading days, rising 5.5% (+$3.20). It saw one of its worst periods between September 16, 2011 and September 23, 2011 when shares fell for six straight trading days, falling 12.1% (-$6.56).