Editor's Note: Any reference to TheStreet Ratings and its underlying recommendation does not reflect the opinion of TheStreet, Inc. or any of its contributors including Jim Cramer or Stephanie Link. All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 108 points (0.7%) at 14,942 as of Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2013, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 2,111 issues advancing vs. 816 declining with 96 unchanged. The Utilities sector currently sits up 0.2% versus the S&P 500, which is up 1.3%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include EQT ( EQT), down 1.2%, Enersis ( ENI), down 0.6% and Huaneng Power International ( HNP), down 1.0%. A company within the sector that increased today was Dominion Resources ( D), up 0.9%. TheStreet would like to highlight 5 stocks pushing the sector lower today: 5. American Water Works ( AWK) is one of the companies pushing the Utilities sector lower today. As of noon trading, American Water Works is down $0.87 (-2.2%) to $39.42 on heavy volume. Thus far, 1.3 million shares of American Water Works exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 782,400 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $39.18-$40.34 after having opened the day at $40.29 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $40.29. American Water Works Company, Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides water and wastewater services in the United States and Canada. The company's Regulated Businesses segment offers water and wastewater services to approximately 1,500 communities in 16 states. American Water Works has a market cap of $7.3 billion and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are up 8.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 13 analysts that rate American Water Works a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold. TheStreet Ratings rates American Water Works as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its expanding profit margins and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated. Get the full American Water Works Ratings Report now. STOCKS TO BUY: TheStreet Quant Ratings has identified a handful of stocks that can potentially TRIPLE in the next 12-months. Learn more.