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All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 146 points (-0.9%) at 16,846 as of Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2014, 1:10 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,037 issues advancing vs. 1,918 declining with 187 unchanged.

The Utilities sector currently sits up 0.4% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.7%. A company within the sector that fell today was PG&E ( PCG), up 1.1%. Top gainers within the sector include Centrais Eletricas Brasileiras ( EBR.B), up 3.0%, CPFL Energy ( CPL), up 3.3%, Korea Electric Power ( KEP), up 1.9%, Xcel Energy ( XEL), up 1.3% and Huaneng Power International ( HNP), up 1.1%.

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 $0.34 (-0.6%) to $59.99 on average volume. Thus far, 56,531 shares of Western Gas Equity Partners exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 110,300 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $59.19-$60.00 after having opened the day at $59.93 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $60.33.

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 $13.1 billion and is part of the energy industry. Shares are up 52.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate Western Gas Equity Partners a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Western Gas Equity Partners as a sell. Among the areas we feel are negative, one of the most important has been very high debt management risk by most measures. Get the full Western Gas Equity Partners Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, ONEOK ( OKE) is down $0.43 (-0.7%) to $63.67 on light volume. Thus far, 326,712 shares of ONEOK exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 914,800 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $63.22-$63.88 after having opened the day at $63.63 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $64.10.

ONEOK, Inc. operates as a diversified energy company in the United States. ONEOK has a market cap of $13.4 billion and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are up 3.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate ONEOK a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates ONEOK as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, notable return on equity, increase in net income and solid stock price performance. 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 ONEOK Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Praxair ( PX) is down $1.34 (-1.1%) to $124.28 on average volume. Thus far, 426,153 shares of Praxair exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $123.82-$125.36 after having opened the day at $125.19 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $125.62.

Praxair, Inc. produces, sells, and distributes atmospheric, process, and specialty gases, as well as surface coatings in North America, Europe, South America, and Asia. Praxair has a market cap of $36.7 billion and is part of the chemicals industry. Shares are down 3.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 9 analysts that rate Praxair a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Praxair as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its growth in earnings per share, increase in net income, revenue growth, good cash flow from operations and expanding profit margins. 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 Praxair 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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