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 60 points (0.4%) at 16,517 as of Tuesday, April 1, 2014, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,859 issues advancing vs. 1,154 declining with 141 unchanged. The Utilities sector currently sits down 0.4% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.4%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Ameren ( AEE), down 1.5%, PG&E ( PCG), down 1.4%, Northeast Utilities ( NU), down 1.2%, Southern ( SO), down 1.0% and Duke Energy Corporation ( DUK), down 0.9%. Top gainers within the sector include Korea Electric Power ( KEP), up 2.9%, Huaneng Power International ( HNP), up 2.8% and EQT ( EQT), up 1.2%. TheStreet would like to highlight 3 stocks pushing the sector lower today: 3. PPL ( PPL) is one of the companies pushing the Utilities sector lower today. As of noon trading, PPL is down $0.35 (-1.1%) to $32.79 on average volume. Thus far, 1.9 million shares of PPL exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $32.71-$33.24 after having opened the day at $33.21 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $33.14. PPL Corporation, an energy and utility holding company, generates, transmits, distributes, and sells electricity to wholesale and retail customers in the Pennsylvania, Kentucky, Virginia, Tennessee, and the United Kingdom. The company operates in four segments: Kentucky Regulated, U.K. PPL has a market cap of $20.8 billion and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are up 10.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate PPL a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold. TheStreet Ratings rates PPL as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its expanding profit margins, increase in stock price during the past year and reasonable valuation levels. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full PPL 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.