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Two out of the three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 7 points (0.0%) at 16,149 as of Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014, 1:15 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 2,140 issues advancing vs. 904 declining with 135 unchanged.

The Utilities sector currently sits up 0.8% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.1%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include PG&E ( PCG), down 2.0%, Edison International ( EIX), down 1.9%, Duke Energy Corporation ( DUK), down 1.3%, American Electric Power ( AEP), down 1.2% and Public Service Enterprise Group ( PEG), down 1.0%. Top gainers within the sector include ONEOK ( OKE), up 5.5%, TransCanada ( TRP), up 4.6%, NRG Energy ( NRG), up 4.3%, Korea Electric Power ( KEP), up 3.4% and Western Gas Equity Partners ( WGP), up 4.3%.

TheStreet would like to highlight 3 stocks pushing the sector lower today:

3. Northeast Utilities ( NU) is one of the companies pushing the Utilities sector lower today. As of noon trading, Northeast Utilities is down $0.80 (-1.7%) to $46.76 on heavy volume. Thus far, 1.3 million shares of Northeast Utilities exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $46.33-$47.27 after having opened the day at $47.25 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $47.56.

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Northeast Utilities, a public utility company, through its subsidiaries, is engaged in the energy delivery business. The company is involved in generation, transmission, and distribution of electricity; and distribution of natural gas. Northeast Utilities has a market cap of $15.0 billion and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are up 12.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 8 analysts that rate Northeast Utilities a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Northeast Utilities as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, good cash flow from operations, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, reasonable valuation levels 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 Northeast Utilities Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Wisconsin Energy ( WEC) is down $0.92 (-1.9%) to $46.81 on heavy volume. Thus far, 2.4 million shares of Wisconsin Energy exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $46.39-$47.48 after having opened the day at $47.27 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $47.73.

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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 $10.7 billion and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are up 15.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 2 analysts that rate Wisconsin Energy a buy, no 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 growth in earnings per share, revenue growth, notable return on equity, increase in net income and increase in stock price during the past year. 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 Wisconsin Energy Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, FirstEnergy ( FE) is down $0.51 (-1.4%) to $34.62 on average volume. Thus far, 1.6 million shares of FirstEnergy exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $34.13-$34.81 after having opened the day at $34.63 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $35.13.

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FirstEnergy Corp., a diversified energy company, generates, transmits, and distributes electricity in the United States. The company operates through Regulated Distribution, Regulated Transmission, and Competitive Energy Services segments. FirstEnergy has a market cap of $14.9 billion and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are up 7.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate FirstEnergy a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates FirstEnergy as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its compelling growth in net income, good cash flow from operations and impressive record of earnings per share growth. 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 poor profit margins. Get the full FirstEnergy 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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