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Two out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 12 points (-0.1%) at 16,435 as of Friday, May 16, 2014, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,512 issues advancing vs. 1,401 declining with 184 unchanged.

The Utilities sector currently is unchanged today versus the S&P 500, which is unchanged. Top gainers within the sector include Centrais Eletricas Brasileiras ( EBR), up 5.0%, Huaneng Power International ( HNP), up 3.1%, Korea Electric Power ( KEP), up 1.4% and Enersis ( ENI), up 1.2%.

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 $0.37 (-0.7%) to $50.63 on heavy volume. Thus far, 89,342 shares of Western Gas Equity Partners exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 93,600 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $50.43-$52.05 after having opened the day at $51.11 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $51.00.

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 $11.2 billion and is part of the energy industry. Shares are up 29.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate Western Gas Equity Partners a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates 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 weak operating cash flow. Get the full Western Gas Equity Partners Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Wisconsin Energy ( WEC) is down $0.38 (-0.8%) to $45.17 on heavy volume. Thus far, 2.3 million shares of Wisconsin Energy exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $44.87-$45.50 after having opened the day at $45.35 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $45.55.

Wisconsin Energy Corporation, through its subsidiaries, generates and distributes electric energy. The company operates in two segments, Utility Energy and Non-Utility Energy. It generates electricity from coal, natural gas, oil, hydro electric, wind, and biomass. Wisconsin Energy has a market cap of $10.3 billion and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are up 10.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 2 analysts that rate Wisconsin Energy a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 10 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Wisconsin Energy as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, growth in earnings per share, good cash flow from operations, increase in stock price during the past year and increase in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full Wisconsin Energy Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Public Service Enterprise Group ( PEG) is down $0.24 (-0.6%) to $37.74 on average volume. Thus far, 2.3 million shares of Public Service Enterprise Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $37.62-$38.02 after having opened the day at $37.97 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $37.98.

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 $19.3 billion and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are up 18.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 2 analysts that rate Public Service Enterprise Group a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 7 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, increase in stock price during the past year, attractive valuation levels, good cash flow from operations and impressive record of earnings per share growth. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full Public Service Enterprise Group 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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