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All three major indices are trading up today with the

Dow Jones Industrial Average

(

^DJI

) trading up 169 points (0.9%) at 18,025 as of Monday, March 9, 2015, 1:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,614 issues advancing vs. 1,413 declining with 145 unchanged.

The Utilities sector currently is unchanged today versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.5%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include

Centrais Eletricas Brasileiras

(

EBR

), down 3.4%,

CPFL Energy

(

CPL

), down 3.1%,

EQT

(

EQT

), down 2.3% and

Exelon

(

EXC

), down 0.8%. Top gainers within the sector include

Huaneng Power International

(

HNP

), up 1.5%,

Sempra Energy

(

SRE

), up 1.1%,

TransCanada

(

TRP

), up 0.6% and

American Electric Power

(

AEP

), up 0.8%.

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

3.

Western Gas Equity Partners

(

WGP

) is one of the companies pushing the Utilities sector lower today. As of noon trading, Western Gas Equity Partners is down $0.56 (-0.9%) to $60.39 on average volume. Thus far, 79,558 shares of Western Gas Equity Partners exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 113,100 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $60.01-$61.31 after having opened the day at $60.88 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $60.95.

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Western Gas Equity Partners, LP is engaged in gathering, processing, compressing, treating, and transporting natural gas, condensate, natural gas liquids, and crude oil in the United States. Western Gas Equity Partners has a market cap of $13.9 billion and is part of the energy industry. Shares are up 1.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate Western Gas Equity Partners a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Western Gas Equity Partners

as a

sell

. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its generally high debt management risk and disappointing return on equity. Get the full

Western Gas Equity Partners Ratings Report

now.

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2. As of noon trading,

Companhia De Saneamento Basico Do Estado De

(

SBS

) is down $0.14 (-2.6%) to $5.20 on light volume. Thus far, 1.1 million shares of Companhia De Saneamento Basico Do Estado De exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $5.16-$5.27 after having opened the day at $5.23 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $5.34.

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Companhia de Saneamento Basico do Estado de Sao Paulo-SABESP provides basic and environmental sanitation services; and supplies treated water on a wholesale basis to residential, commercial, industrial, and governmental customers in the state of Sao Paulo. Companhia De Saneamento Basico Do Estado De has a market cap of $3.7 billion and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are down 15.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there is 1 analyst that rates Companhia De Saneamento Basico Do Estado De a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Companhia De Saneamento Basico Do Estado De

as a

hold

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its compelling growth in net income, notable return on equity and reasonable valuation levels. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself and weak operating cash flow. Get the full

Companhia De Saneamento Basico Do Estado De Ratings Report

now.

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1. As of noon trading,

NRG Energy

(

NRG

) is down $0.62 (-2.5%) to $23.87 on average volume. Thus far, 2.0 million shares of NRG Energy exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $23.85-$24.65 after having opened the day at $24.56 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $24.49.

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NRG Energy, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, operates as a power and energy company. The company is engaged in the ownership and operation of power generation facilities. NRG Energy has a market cap of $8.5 billion and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are down 9.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate NRG Energy a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

NRG Energy

as a

hold

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, impressive record of earnings per share growth and compelling growth in net income. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself, generally higher debt management risk and weak operating cash flow. Get the full

NRG 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

).

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