Two out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the

Dow Jones Industrial Average

(

^DJI

) trading down 33 points (-0.2%) at 16,622 as of Friday, Aug. 28, 2015, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,877 issues advancing vs. 1,144 declining with 123 unchanged.

The Utilities sector currently sits up 0.2% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.1%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include

Korea Electric Power

(

KEP

), down 2.5%,

PPL

(

PPL

), down 2.5%,

Exelon

(

EXC

), down 2.5%,

Duke Energy Corporation

(

DUK

), down 1.9% and

Southern

(

SO

), down 1.8%.

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

3.

Sempra Energy

(

SRE

) is one of the companies pushing the Utilities sector lower today. As of noon trading, Sempra Energy is down $1.48 (-1.5%) to $96.36 on average volume. Thus far, 871,024 shares of Sempra Energy exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $96.36-$98.14 after having opened the day at $97.70 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $97.84.

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Sempra Energy operates as an energy services holding company worldwide. The company's San Diego Gas & Electric Company segment transmits and distributes electricity and/or natural gas. Sempra Energy has a market cap of $24.0 billion and is part of the utilities industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 17.7, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 24.8. Shares are down 12.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate Sempra Energy a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Sempra Energy

as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its growth in earnings per share, increase in net income, good cash flow from operations, notable return on equity and reasonable valuation levels. 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

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2. As of noon trading,

Public Service Enterprise Group

(

PEG

) is down $1.11 (-2.7%) to $39.83 on average volume. Thus far, 1.6 million shares of Public Service Enterprise Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $39.83-$40.88 after having opened the day at $40.81 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $40.94.

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Public Service Enterprise Group Incorporated, through its subsidiaries, operates as an energy company primarily in the northeastern and Mid Atlantic United States. Public Service Enterprise Group has a market cap of $20.4 billion and is part of the utilities industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 7.0, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 24.8. Shares are down 1.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate Public Service Enterprise Group a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Public Service Enterprise Group

as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, notable return on equity, attractive valuation levels and expanding profit margins. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results. Get the full

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1. As of noon trading,

Consolidated Edison

(

ED

) is down $1.20 (-1.9%) to $62.70 on light volume. Thus far, 755,629 shares of Consolidated Edison exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $62.70-$63.93 after having opened the day at $63.50 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $63.90.

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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 $18.6 billion and is part of the utilities industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 16.8, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 24.8. Shares are down 3.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there is 1 analyst that rates Consolidated Edison a buy, 4 analysts rate it a sell, and 6 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 solid stock price performance, growth in earnings per share and increase in net income. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity. Get the full

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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

).