All three major indices are trading down today with the

Dow Jones Industrial Average

(

^DJI

) trading down 274 points (-1.6%) at 17,075 as of Thursday, Aug. 20, 2015, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 673 issues advancing vs. 2,323 declining with 139 unchanged.

The Utilities sector currently sits down 0.2% versus the S&P 500, which is down 1.3%. A company within the sector that fell today was

Brookfield Renewable Energy Partners

(

BEP

), up 1.4%. Top gainers within the sector include

Energy Company of Minas Gerais

(

CIG

), up 3.1%,

Edison International

(

EIX

), up 0.9%,

Southern

(

SO

), up 0.8% and

Public Service Enterprise Group

(

PEG

), up 0.7%.

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

3.

Questar

(

STR

) is one of the companies pushing the Utilities sector lower today. As of noon trading, Questar is down $1.18 (-5.6%) to $19.99 on heavy volume. Thus far, 1.9 million shares of Questar exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $19.84-$20.15 after having opened the day at $20.05 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $21.17.

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Questar Corporation operates as an integrated natural gas company in the United States. Questar has a market cap of $3.8 billion and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are down 16.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 2 analysts that rate Questar a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Questar

as a

buy

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

Questar Ratings Report

now.

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2. As of noon trading,

TransCanada

(

TRP

) is down $0.42 (-1.2%) to $34.90 on average volume. Thus far, 453,561 shares of TransCanada exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $34.63-$35.15 after having opened the day at $35.11 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $35.32.

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TransCanada Corporation operates as an energy infrastructure company in North America. The company operates in three segments: Natural Gas Pipelines, Liquids Pipelines, and Energy. TransCanada has a market cap of $25.8 billion and is part of the energy industry. Shares are down 28.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. 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

hold

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, expanding profit margins and increase in net income. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including generally higher debt management risk, disappointing return on equity and weak operating cash flow. Get the full

TransCanada Ratings Report

now.

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1. As of noon trading,

Targa Resources

(

TRGP

) is down $4.94 (-6.8%) to $67.69 on heavy volume. Thus far, 887,764 shares of Targa Resources exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 718,800 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $67.27-$71.21 after having opened the day at $71.17 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $72.63.

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Targa Resources Corp., through its general and limited partner interests in Targa Resources Partners LP, provides midstream natural gas and natural gas liquid (NGL) services in the United States. The company operates in two divisions, Gathering and Processing, and Logistics and Marketing. Targa Resources has a market cap of $4.2 billion and is part of the energy industry. Shares are down 31.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate Targa Resources a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Targa Resources

as a

buy

. The company's strongest point has been its expanding profit margins. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself. Get the full

Targa 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

).