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All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 60 points (0.4%) at 16,603 as of Friday, May 23, 2014, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 2,002 issues advancing vs. 938 declining with 179 unchanged.

The Utilities sector currently sits up 0.5% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.3%. Top gainers within the sector include AES Corporation ( AES), up 1.1%, Huaneng Power International ( HNP), up 1.0%, Enersis ( ENI), up 0.9%, ONEOK ( OKE), up 0.9% and Calpine ( CPN), up 0.9%.

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 $0.54 (-1.1%) to $50.65 on light volume. Thus far, 20,747 shares of Western Gas Equity Partners exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 89,000 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $50.38-$51.60 after having opened the day at $51.40 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $51.19.

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 29.6% 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 weak operating cash flow and generally high debt management risk. Get the full Western Gas Equity Partners Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, CPFL Energy ( CPL) is down $0.15 (-0.9%) to $16.28 on light volume. Thus far, 70,097 shares of CPFL Energy exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 518,200 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $16.16-$16.43 after having opened the day at $16.33 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $16.43.

CPFL Energia S.A., together with its subsidiaries, generates, distributes, and commercializes electricity to industrial, residential, commercial, rural, and other consumers in Brazil. CPFL Energy has a market cap of $7.7 billion and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are up 2.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 2 analysts that rate CPFL Energy a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates CPFL Energy as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in net income, good cash flow from operations and growth in earnings per share. 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 disappointing return on equity. Get the full CPFL Energy Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Edison International ( EIX) is down $0.27 (-0.5%) to $54.09 on light volume. Thus far, 623,760 shares of Edison International exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $53.95-$54.42 after having opened the day at $54.29 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $54.36.

Edison International, through its subsidiaries, generates and supplies electricity. The company generates electricity through hydroelectric, diesel, natural gas, gas fueled, combustion turbine, nuclear, and photovoltaic sources. Edison International has a market cap of $17.5 billion and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are up 17.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 9 analysts that rate Edison International a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Edison International as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full Edison International 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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