All three major indices are trading down today with the

Dow Jones Industrial Average

(

^DJI

) trading down 166 points (-1.0%) at 16,455 as of Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2016, 11:55 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 990 issues advancing vs. 1,939 declining with 142 unchanged.

The Utilities sector currently sits down 0.6% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.9%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include

Korea Electric Power

(

KEP

), down 2.1%, and

Huaneng Power International

(

HNP

), down 2.0%.

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

3.

EQT

(

EQT

) is one of the companies pushing the Utilities sector lower today. As of noon trading, EQT is down $3.05 (-5.1%) to $57.18 on average volume. Thus far, 1.6 million shares of EQT exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $56.50-$60.20 after having opened the day at $60.06 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $60.23.

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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 $9.0 billion and is part of the energy industry. Shares are up 15.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 11 analysts that rate EQT a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 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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2. As of noon trading,

Praxair

(

PX

) is down $2.15 (-2.1%) to $102.07 on light volume. Thus far, 401,510 shares of Praxair exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $101.82-$103.81 after having opened the day at $103.53 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $104.22.

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Praxair, Inc. produces, sells, and distributes atmospheric, process, and specialty gases, as well as surface coatings in North America, Europe, South America, and Asia. Praxair has a market cap of $29.4 billion and is part of the chemicals industry. Shares are up 1.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate Praxair a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Praxair

as a

hold

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in net income, expanding profit margins and good cash flow from operations. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including generally higher debt management risk and a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself. Get the full

Praxair Ratings Report

now.

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1. As of noon trading,

Exelon

(

EXC

) is down $0.48 (-1.5%) to $31.21 on light volume. Thus far, 2.8 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 $31.00-$31.62 after having opened the day at $31.06 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $31.69.

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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 $28.7 billion and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are up 14.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate Exelon a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 7 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, notable return on equity 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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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

).