Two out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the

Dow Jones Industrial Average

(

^DJI

) trading up 11 points (0.1%) at 16,525 as of Friday, Jan. 8, 2016, 11:55 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,027 issues advancing vs. 1,896 declining with 168 unchanged.

The Utilities sector currently sits down 0.5% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.4%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include

Centrais Eletricas Brasileiras

(

EBR.B

), down 4.5%,

Korea Electric Power

(

KEP

), down 0.8% and

Public Service Enterprise Group

(

PEG

), down 0.8%. Top gainers within the sector include

EQT

(

EQT

), up 2.7%,

Sempra Energy

(

SRE

), up 0.9% and

Dominion Resources

(

DCUB

), up 0.5%.

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

3.

TransCanada

(

TRP

) is one of the companies pushing the Utilities sector lower today. As of noon trading, TransCanada is down $0.13 (-0.4%) to $30.32 on light volume. Thus far, 253,285 shares of TransCanada exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $30.13-$30.61 after having opened the day at $30.50 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $30.45.

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TransCanada Corporation operates as an energy infrastructure company in North America. The company operates in three segments: Natural Gas Pipelines, Liquids Pipelines, and Energy. TransCanada has a market cap of $22.5 billion and is part of the energy industry. Shares are down 6.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 2 analysts that rate TransCanada a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

TransCanada

as a

hold

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

TransCanada Ratings Report

now.

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2. As of noon trading,

PG&E

(

PCG

) is down $0.19 (-0.4%) to $52.27 on light volume. Thus far, 961,781 shares of PG&E exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $52.14-$52.67 after having opened the day at $52.46 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $52.46.

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PG&E Corporation, through its subsidiary, Pacific Gas and Electric Company, transmits, delivers, and sells electricity and natural gas to residential, commercial, industrial, and agricultural customers primarily in northern and central California. PG&E has a market cap of $25.9 billion and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are down 1.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate PG&E a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

PG&E

as a

buy

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

PG&E Ratings Report

now.

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1. As of noon trading,

Exelon

(

EXC

) is down $0.28 (-1.0%) to $27.56 on light volume. Thus far, 2.5 million shares of Exelon exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 7.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $27.44-$27.98 after having opened the day at $27.90 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $27.84.

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Exelon Corporation, a utility services holding company, engages in the energy generation and delivery businesses in the United States. It owns electric generating facilities, such as nuclear, fossil, and hydroelectric generation facilities, as well as wind and solar photovoltaic facilities. Exelon has a market cap of $25.9 billion and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are up 0.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate Exelon a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Exelon

as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, attractive valuation levels 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

Exelon 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

).