All three major indices are trading down today with the

Dow Jones Industrial Average

(

^DJI

) trading down 18 points (-0.1%) at 16,848 as of Wednesday, March 2, 2016, 11:55 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,599 issues advancing vs. 1,307 declining with 169 unchanged.

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

TransCanada

(

TRP

), down 2.2%,

Praxair

(

PX

), down 1.4% and

NextEra Energy

(

NEE

), down 1.1%. A company within the sector that increased today was

Southern

(

SO

), up 0.7%.

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

3.

Edison International

(

EIX

) is one of the companies pushing the Utilities sector lower today. As of noon trading, Edison International is down $0.44 (-0.7%) to $66.44 on average volume. Thus far, 1.1 million shares of Edison International exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $65.60-$67.09 after having opened the day at $66.76 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $66.88.

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Edison International, through its subsidiaries, generates and supplies electricity. The company generates electricity through hydroelectric, diesel, natural gas, nuclear, and photovoltaic sources. Edison International has a market cap of $22.2 billion and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are up 12.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate Edison International a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Edison International

as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its good cash flow from operations, 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

Edison International Ratings Report

now.

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2. As of noon trading,

PG&E

(

PCG

) is down $0.35 (-0.6%) to $55.86 on light volume. Thus far, 930,507 shares of PG&E exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $54.71-$56.34 after having opened the day at $56.01 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $56.21.

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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 $28.0 billion and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are up 5.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate PG&E a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 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 good cash flow from operations, increase in net income 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

PG&E Ratings Report

now.

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1. As of noon trading,

PPL

(

PPL

) is down $0.28 (-0.8%) to $34.55 on average volume. Thus far, 2.4 million shares of PPL exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $34.00-$34.82 after having opened the day at $34.70 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $34.83.

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PPL Corporation, a utility company, delivers electricity and natural gas in the United States and the United Kingdom. It serves 321,000 natural gas and 397,000 electric customers in Louisville and 16 surrounding counties; and 543,000 customers in 77 Kentucky counties and 5 counties in Virginia. PPL has a market cap of $23.6 billion and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are up 2.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate PPL a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

PPL

as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its notable return on equity, good cash flow from operations, expanding profit margins 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

PPL 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

).