All three major indices are trading up today with the

Dow Jones Industrial Average

(

^DJI

) trading up 44 points (0.3%) at 17,560 as of Monday, March 28, 2016, 1:00 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,693 issues advancing vs. 1,250 declining with 166 unchanged.

The Utilities sector currently sits down 0.2% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.2%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include

NRG Energy

(

NRG

), down 3.2%,

Korea Electric Power

(

KEP

), down 1.2%,

FirstEnergy

(

FE

), down 1.2% and

Entergy

(

ETR

), down 0.9%.

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

3.

Southern

(

SO

) is one of the companies pushing the Utilities sector lower today. As of noon trading, Southern is down $0.30 (-0.6%) to $50.60 on light volume. Thus far, 1.4 million shares of Southern exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $50.53-$51.17 after having opened the day at $50.83 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $50.90.

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The Southern Company, together with its subsidiaries, engages in the generation, transmission, and distribution of electricity through coal, nuclear, oil and gas, and hydro resources in the states of Alabama, Georgia, Florida, and Mississippi. Southern has a market cap of $46.5 billion and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are up 8.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there is 1 analyst that rates Southern a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 9 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Southern

as a

buy

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

Southern Ratings Report

now.

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2. As of noon trading,

Exelon

(

EXC

) is down $0.29 (-0.8%) to $35.02 on light volume. Thus far, 1.4 million shares of Exelon exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 8.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $34.94-$35.49 after having opened the day at $35.29 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $35.31.

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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 facilities. Exelon has a market cap of $32.5 billion and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are up 27.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate Exelon a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Exelon

as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its compelling growth in net income, attractive valuation levels, good cash flow from operations, solid stock price performance and impressive record of earnings per share growth. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full

Exelon Ratings Report

now.

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1. As of noon trading,

NextEra Energy

(

NEE

) is down $0.88 (-0.7%) to $117.60 on light volume. Thus far, 530,964 shares of NextEra Energy exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $117.37-$118.90 after having opened the day at $118.62 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $118.48.

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NextEra Energy, Inc., through its subsidiaries, generates, transmits, and distributes electric energy in the United States and Canada. The company generates electricity from gas, oil, solar, coal, petroleum coke, nuclear, and wind sources. NextEra Energy has a market cap of $54.6 billion and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are up 14.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 12 analysts that rate NextEra Energy a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

NextEra Energy

as a

buy

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

NextEra Energy 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

).