El Paso Corp and 4 Winning Stocks in the Utilities Sector: EP, SBS, NFG, ITC, EGN

Through early trading, these stocks are helping the Utilities (NYSE:XLU) sector. 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.

El Paso Corporation (NYSE:EP) is among the sector price gainers, as its shares are trading at $19.12, up 76 cents (+4.2%) from the previous close of $18.36. El Paso is an energy company that provides natural gas and related energy products.

Stock Price Performance: From October 3, 2011, to October 7, 2011, the stock price had risen $1.23 (7.2%) from $17.13 to $18.36. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between June 24, 2011 and July 5, 2011 when shares rose for seven straight trading days, rising 5.2% (+$1.02). It saw one of its worst periods between September 15, 2011 and September 23, 2011 when shares fell for seven straight trading days, falling 12.6% (-$2.48).

Companhia de Saneamento Basico do Estado de Sao Paulo-SABESP (NYSE:SBS) is one of the top price gainers. Its stock price is $51.40, which is $1.82 (+3.7%) above the previous close of $49.58. 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 14, 2011, to October 7, 2011, the stock price had fallen $9.01 (-15.4%) from $58.59 to $49.58. 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).

Shares of National Fuel Gas Co. (NYSE:NFG) are trading at $54.00, up $2.08 (+4%) from the previous close of $51.92. National Fuel Gas Company is a diversified energy company which operates its business in four segments; Utility, Pipeline and Storage, Exploration and Production, and Energy Marketing.

Stock Price Performance: From July 14, 2011, to October 7, 2011, the stock price had fallen $17.24 (-24.9%) from $69.16 to $51.92. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between December 23, 2010 and January 6, 2011 when shares rose for 10 straight trading days, rising 7.7% (+$4.85). It saw one of its worst periods between July 25, 2011 and August 8, 2011 when shares fell for 11 straight trading days, falling 27% (-$19.80).

ITC Holdings Corp. (NYSE:ITC) is one of the top price gainers. Its stock price is $73.03, which is $2.58 (+3.7%) above the previous close of $70.45. ITC Holdings is engaged in the transmission of electricity in the United States. Its business consists of the operations of its Regulated Operating Subsidiaries, ITC Transmission, METC and ITC midwest.

Stock Price Performance: From October 3, 2011, to October 7, 2011, the stock price had dropped $5.67 (-7.4%) from $76.12 to $70.45. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between December 30, 2010 and January 11, 2011 when shares rose for nine straight trading days, rising 5.4% (+$3.31). It saw one of its worst periods between July 22, 2011 and July 29, 2011 when shares fell for six straight trading days, falling 2.8% (-$1.98).

Shares of Energen Corporation (NYSE:EGN) are trading at $45.63, up $2.71 (+6.3%) from the previous close of $42.92. Energen is engaged in the development, acquisition, exploration, and production of oil, natural gas, and natural gas liquids in the continental U.S. and in the purchase, distribution, and sale of natural gas in central and north Alabama.

Stock Price Performance: From July 14, 2011, to October 7, 2011, the stock price had fallen $14.21 (-24.9%) from $57.13 to $42.92. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between April 18, 2011 and April 29, 2011 when shares rose for nine straight trading days, rising 8.6% (+$5.13). It saw one of its worst periods between May 31, 2011 and June 13, 2011 when shares fell for 10 straight trading days, falling 9.5% (-$5.92).