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%. Top gainers within the sector include

EQT

(

EQT

), up 2.7%,

Sempra Energy

(

SRE

), up 0.9% and

Dominion Resources

(

DCUB

), up 0.5%. 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%.

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

3.

Western Gas Equity Partners

(

WGP

) is one of the companies pushing the Utilities sector higher today. As of noon trading, Western Gas Equity Partners is up $1.21 (3.6%) to $34.95 on light volume. Thus far, 38,592 shares of Western Gas Equity Partners exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 300,300 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $33.30-$34.95 after having opened the day at $33.30 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $33.74.

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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 $7.8 billion and is part of the energy industry. Shares are down 7.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 7 analysts who rate Western Gas Equity Partners a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 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, compelling growth in net income and good cash flow from operations. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself 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,

Consolidated Edison

(

ED

) is up $0.80 (1.2%) to $66.52 on heavy volume. Thus far, 1.5 million shares of Consolidated Edison exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $65.72-$66.69 after having opened the day at $65.99 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $65.72.

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Consolidated Edison, Inc., through its subsidiaries, engages in regulated electric, gas, and steam delivery businesses in the United States. Consolidated Edison has a market cap of $19.1 billion and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are up 2.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are no analysts who rate Consolidated Edison a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Consolidated Edison

as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, attractive valuation levels and good cash flow from operations. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity. Get the full

Consolidated Edison Ratings Report

now.

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1. As of noon trading,

Dominion Resources

(

D

) is up $0.77 (1.1%) to $69.28 on average volume. Thus far, 1.6 million shares of Dominion Resources exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $68.38-$69.34 after having opened the day at $68.48 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $68.51.

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Dominion Resources, Inc. is a privately owned investment manager. Dominion Resources, Inc. produces and transports energy in the United States. The company operates through three segments: Dominion Virginia Power (DVP), Dominion Generation, and Dominion Energy. Dominion Resources has a market cap of $40.8 billion and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are up 1.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 8 analysts who rate Dominion Resources a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Dominion Resources

as a

buy

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

Dominion Resources 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

).