All three major indices are trading up today with the

Dow Jones Industrial Average

(

^DJI

) trading up 215 points (1.3%) at 17,210 as of Friday, March 11, 2016, 11:55 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 2,581 issues advancing vs. 403 declining with 81 unchanged.

The Utilities sector currently sits up 0.8% versus the S&P 500, which is up 1.4%. Top gainers within the sector include

NRG Energy

(

NRG

), up 4.7%,

Huaneng Power International

(

HNP

), up 4.7%,

Targa Resources

(

TRGP

), up 4.4%,

Westar Energy

(

WR

), up 2.4% and

Korea Electric Power

(

KEP

), up 1.2%.

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

3.

Western Gas Equity Partners

(

WGP

) is one of the companies pushing the Utilities sector lower today. As of noon trading, Western Gas Equity Partners is down $0.54 (-1.7%) to $30.74 on light volume. Thus far, 53,298 shares of Western Gas Equity Partners exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 395,500 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $29.94-$31.35 after having opened the day at $30.78 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $31.28.

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Western Gas Equity Partners, LP engages in gathering, processing, compressing, treating, and transporting natural gas, condensate, natural gas liquids, and crude oil in the United States. Western Gas Equity Partners has a market cap of $7.0 billion and is part of the energy industry. Shares are down 13.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate Western Gas Equity Partners a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Western Gas Equity Partners

as a

hold

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, good cash flow from operations and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself, deteriorating net income and generally higher debt management risk. Get the full

Western Gas Equity Partners Ratings Report

now.

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2. As of noon trading,

Public Service Enterprise Group

(

PEG

) is down $0.37 (-0.8%) to $44.65 on average volume. Thus far, 1.3 million shares of Public Service Enterprise Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $44.39-$45.46 after having opened the day at $45.30 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $45.02.

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Public Service Enterprise Group Incorporated, through its subsidiaries, operates as an energy company primarily in the Northeastern and Mid- Atlantic United States. Public Service Enterprise Group has a market cap of $22.8 billion and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are up 16.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate Public Service Enterprise Group a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Public Service Enterprise Group

as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its notable return on equity, reasonable valuation levels, good cash flow from operations, solid stock price performance and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full

Public Service Enterprise Group Ratings Report

now.

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1. As of noon trading,

SolarCity

(

SCTY

) is down $0.64 (-2.4%) to $25.51 on light volume. Thus far, 1.6 million shares of SolarCity exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $25.39-$26.41 after having opened the day at $26.40 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $26.15.

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SolarCity Corporation designs, manufactures, installs, monitors, maintains, leases, and sells solar energy systems to government, residential, and commercial customers in the United States. SolarCity has a market cap of $2.6 billion and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are down 48.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 11 analysts that rate SolarCity a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

SolarCity

as a

sell

. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its generally high debt management risk, weak operating cash flow, generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself and poor profit margins. Get the full

SolarCity 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

).