All three major indices are trading down today with the

Dow Jones Industrial Average

(

^DJI

) trading down 42 points (-0.2%) at 17,187 as of Tuesday, March 15, 2016, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 594 issues advancing vs. 2,387 declining with 113 unchanged.

The Utilities sector currently sits down 1.4% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.5%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include

Centrais Eletricas Brasileiras

(

EBR

), down 12.9%,

CPFL Energia

(

CPL

), down 9.1%,

Centrais Eletricas Brasileiras

(

EBR.B

), down 8.7%,

Western Gas Equity Partners

(

WGP

), down 7.3% and

Targa Resources

(

TRGP

), down 6.5%.

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

3.

Westar Energy

(

WR

) is one of the companies pushing the Utilities sector higher today. As of noon trading, Westar Energy is up $0.51 (1.1%) to $47.36 on light volume. Thus far, 332,880 shares of Westar Energy exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $46.65-$47.63 after having opened the day at $46.81 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $46.85.

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Westar Energy, Inc., an electric utility company, generates, transmits, and distributes electricity in Kansas. Westar Energy has a market cap of $6.6 billion and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are up 10.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 2 analysts who rate Westar Energy a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Westar Energy

as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its 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 somewhat disappointing return on equity. Get the full

Westar Energy Ratings Report

now.

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2. As of noon trading,

EQT

(

EQT

) is up $0.63 (1.0%) to $61.33 on light volume. Thus far, 495,064 shares of EQT exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $59.29-$61.65 after having opened the day at $59.41 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $60.70.

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EQT Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, operates as an integrated energy company in the United States. It operates through two segments, EQT Production and EQT Midstream. EQT has a market cap of $9.3 billion and is part of the energy industry. Shares are up 16.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 9 analysts who rate EQT a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

EQT

as a

hold

. 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 expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself, feeble growth in the company's earnings per share and deteriorating net income. Get the full

EQT Ratings Report

now.

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1. As of noon trading,

Dominion Resources

(

D

) is up $0.42 (0.6%) to $72.76 on light volume. Thus far, 886,958 shares of Dominion Resources exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $72.12-$72.96 after having opened the day at $72.16 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $72.34.

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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 $43.1 billion and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are up 7.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 8 analysts who rate Dominion Resources a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 6 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 impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, notable return on equity, expanding profit margins 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

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

).