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All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 153 points (-0.9%) at 17,738 as of Tuesday, May 3, 2016, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 534 issues advancing vs. 2,431 declining with 111 unchanged. The Utilities sector currently sits down 1.2% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.9%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include NRG Energy ( NRG), down 6.1%, Western Gas Equity Partners ( WGP), down 4.2%, TransCanada ( TRP), down 2.8%, Huaneng Power International ( HNP), down 2.0% and Korea Electric Power ( KEP), down 1.1%. TheStreet would like to highlight 3 stocks pushing the sector higher today: 3. Ameren ( AEE) is one of the companies pushing the Utilities sector higher today. As of noon trading, Ameren is up $0.36 (0.8%) to $48.50 on average volume. Thus far, 862,400 shares of Ameren exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $48.19-$48.75 after having opened the day at $48.26 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $48.14. EXCLUSIVE OFFER: See inside Jim Cramer's multi-million dollar charitable trust portfolio to see the stocks he thinks could be potential winners. Click here to see his holdings for 14-days FREE. Ameren Corporation operates as a public utility holding company in the United States. The company engages in the rate-regulated electric generation, transmission, and distribution in Missouri; and rate-regulated natural gas transmission and distribution businesses in Illinois. Ameren has a market cap of $11.6 billion and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are up 11.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 4 analysts who rate Ameren a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold. TheStreet Ratings rates Ameren as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its good cash flow from operations and solid stock price performance. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full Ameren Ratings Report now. EXCLUSIVE OFFER: See inside Jim Cramer's multi-million dollar charitable trust portfolio to see the stocks he thinks could be potential winners. Click here to see his holdings for 14-days FREE. 2. As of noon trading, WEC Energy Group ( WEC) is up $0.45 (0.8%) to $58.87 on average volume. Thus far, 931,138 shares of WEC Energy Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $58.56-$59.39 after having opened the day at $58.83 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $58.42. EXCLUSIVE OFFER: See inside Jim Cramer's multi-million dollar charitable trust portfolio to see the stocks he thinks could be potential winners. Click here to see his holdings for 14-days FREE. WEC Energy Group, Inc., through its subsidiaries, generates and distributes electric energy. The company operates through Wisconsin, Illinois, Other States, electric transmission, and We Power, Corporate and Other segments. WEC Energy Group has a market cap of $18.4 billion and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are up 13.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 3 analysts who rate WEC Energy Group a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold. TheStreet Ratings rates WEC Energy Group as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, good cash flow from operations, increase in net income, solid stock price performance and growth in earnings per share. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity. Get the full WEC Energy Group Ratings Report now. EXCLUSIVE OFFER: See inside Jim Cramer's multi-million dollar charitable trust portfolio to see the stocks he thinks could be potential winners. Click here to see his holdings for 14-days FREE. 1. As of noon trading, FirstEnergy ( FE) is up $0.20 (0.6%) to $33.26 on heavy volume. Thus far, 4.1 million shares of FirstEnergy exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $33.14-$34.02 after having opened the day at $33.14 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $33.05. EXCLUSIVE OFFER: See inside Jim Cramer's multi-million dollar charitable trust portfolio to see the stocks he thinks could be potential winners. Click here to see his holdings for 14-days FREE. FirstEnergy Corp., through its subsidiaries, generates, transmits, and distributes electricity in the United States. The company operates through Regulated Distribution, Regulated Transmission, and Competitive Energy Services segments. FirstEnergy has a market cap of $13.8 billion and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are up 4.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 3 analysts who rate FirstEnergy a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold. TheStreet Ratings rates FirstEnergy 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, good cash flow from operations and notable return on equity. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself. Get the full FirstEnergy Ratings Report now. EXCLUSIVE OFFER: See inside Jim Cramer's multi-million dollar charitable trust portfolio to see the stocks he thinks could be potential winners. Click here to see his holdings for 14-days FREE. 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).