All three major indices are trading down today with the

Dow Jones Industrial Average

(

^DJI

) trading down 16 points (-0.1%) at 17,529 as of Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2015, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 984 issues advancing vs. 2,001 declining with 166 unchanged.

The Utilities sector currently sits down 0.5% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.2%. A company within the sector that increased today was

CPFL Energy

(

CPL

), up 1.4%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include

ONEOK

(

OKE

), down 4.5%,

NRG Energy

(

NRG

), down 2.2%,

Brookfield Renewable Energy Partners

(

BEP

), down 1.3%,

EQT

(

EQT

), down 1.2% and

FirstEnergy

(

FE

), down 1.1%.

TheStreet would like to highlight 3 stocks pushing the sector higher today:

3.

AmeriGas Partners

(

APU

) is one of the companies pushing the Utilities sector higher today. As of noon trading, AmeriGas Partners is up $0.42 (0.9%) to $45.96 on average volume. Thus far, 100,415 shares of AmeriGas Partners exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 166,200 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $45.41-$46.12 after having opened the day at $45.57 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $45.54.

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AmeriGas Partners, L.P. operates as a retail and wholesale distributor of propane gas, and related equipment and supplies in the United States. AmeriGas Partners has a market cap of $4.3 billion and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are down 5.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there is 1 analyst who rates AmeriGas Partners a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

AmeriGas Partners

as a

buy

TheStreet Recommends

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in net income, expanding profit margins and growth in earnings per share. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself. Get the full

AmeriGas Partners Ratings Report

now.

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2. As of noon trading,

Energy Company of Minas Gerais

(

CIG

) is up $0.04 (1.5%) to $2.69 on light volume. Thus far, 1.3 million shares of Energy Company of Minas Gerais exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $2.61-$2.70 after having opened the day at $2.63 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $2.65.

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Companhia Energetica de Minas Gerais S.A. - CEMIG, through its subsidiaries, engages in the generation, transformation, transmission, distribution, and sale of electric energy primarily in Minas Gerais, Brazil. Energy Company of Minas Gerais has a market cap of $3.3 billion and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are down 46.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are no analysts who rate Energy Company of Minas Gerais a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Energy Company of Minas Gerais

as a

sell

. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its feeble growth in its earnings per share, deteriorating net income, generally high debt management risk, generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself and poor profit margins. Get the full

Energy Company of Minas Gerais Ratings Report

now.

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1. As of noon trading,

Aqua America

(

WTR

) is up $0.21 (0.8%) to $26.83 on average volume. Thus far, 436,179 shares of Aqua America exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 650,600 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $26.57-$27.00 after having opened the day at $26.57 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $26.62.

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Aqua America, Inc., through its subsidiaries, operates regulated utilities that provide water or wastewater services in the United States. Aqua America has a market cap of $4.7 billion and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are down 0.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 6 analysts who rate Aqua America a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Aqua America

as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, good cash flow from operations, growth in earnings per share, expanding profit margins and solid stock price performance. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated. Get the full

Aqua America Ratings Report

now.

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If you are interested in one of these 3 stocks, ETFs may be of interest. Investors who are bullish on the utilities sector could consider

Utilities Select Sector SPDR

(

XLU

) while those bearish on the utilities sector could consider

ProShares UltraShort Utilities

(

SDP

).