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

Dow Jones Industrial Average

(

^DJI

) trading up 23 points (0.1%) at 17,236 as of Monday, March 14, 2016, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,114 issues advancing vs. 1,808 declining with 171 unchanged.

The Utilities sector currently sits down 0.4% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.1%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include

Energy Company of Minas Gerais ADR

(

CIG

), down 5.6%,

Calpine

(

CPN

), down 3.7%,

Western Gas Equity Partners

(

WGP

), down 1.7% and

Praxair

(

PX

), down 1.0%. Top gainers within the sector include

Centrais Eletricas Brasileiras

(

EBR.B

), up 2.0%,

Public Service Enterprise Group

(

PEG

), up 0.7% and

Enersis Americas

(

ENI

), 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 $0.44 (-1.2%) to $35.52 on light volume. Thus far, 500,516 shares of TransCanada exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $35.21-$35.82 after having opened the day at $35.78 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $35.96.

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TransCanada Corporation operates as an energy infrastructure company in North America. The company operates through three segments: Natural Gas Pipelines, Liquids Pipelines, and Energy. TransCanada has a market cap of $25.1 billion and is part of the energy industry. Shares are up 10.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. 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

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, disappointing return on equity and generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself. Get the full

TransCanada Ratings Report

now.

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2. As of noon trading,

ONEOK

(

OKE

) is down $0.59 (-2.1%) to $27.72 on light volume. Thus far, 1.1 million shares of ONEOK exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $27.52-$28.43 after having opened the day at $27.85 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $28.31.

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ONEOK, Inc., through its general partner interests in ONEOK Partners, L.P., engages in the gathering, processing, storage, and transportation of natural gas in the United States. ONEOK has a market cap of $5.8 billion and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are up 14.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate ONEOK a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

ONEOK

as a

hold

. Among the primary strengths of the company is its respectable return on equity which we feel is likely to continue. At the same time, however, we also find weaknesses including generally higher debt management risk, a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself and deteriorating net income. Get the full

ONEOK Ratings Report

now.

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1. As of noon trading,

ITC Holdings

(

ITC

) is down $0.51 (-1.2%) to $42.40 on light volume. Thus far, 1.1 million shares of ITC Holdings exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $42.21-$42.84 after having opened the day at $42.70 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $42.91.

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ITC Holdings Corp., through its subsidiaries, engages in the electric transmission operations in the United States. ITC Holdings has a market cap of $6.5 billion and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are up 9.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate ITC Holdings a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

ITC Holdings

as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its good cash flow from operations, expanding profit margins, solid stock price performance and notable return on equity. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full

ITC Holdings 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

).