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 77 points (0.5%) at 17,053 as of Thursday, July 3, 2014, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,714 issues advancing vs. 1,323 declining with 126 unchanged. The Utilities sector currently sits down 0.6% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.5%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Public Service Enterprise Group ( PEG), down 2.7%, Entergy ( ETR), down 1.6%, Sempra Energy ( SRE), down 1.6%, Dominion Resources ( D), down 1.5% and PG&E ( PCG), down 1.4%. TheStreet would like to highlight 3 stocks pushing the sector lower today: 3. Southern ( SO) is one of the companies pushing the Utilities sector lower today. As of noon trading, Southern is down $0.32 (-0.7%) to $43.94 on average volume. Thus far, 2.9 million shares of Southern exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $43.67-$44.07 after having opened the day at $44.07 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $44.26. The Southern Company, together with its subsidiaries, operates as a public electric utility company. Southern has a market cap of $40.2 billion and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are up 7.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 2 analysts that rate Southern a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 10 rate it a hold. TheStreet Ratings rates Southern as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, good cash flow from operations, increase in net income and growth in earnings per share. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full Southern 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.