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Two out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 10 points (-0.1%) at 17,605 as of Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014, 12:20 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,473 issues advancing vs. 1,490 declining with 167 unchanged.

The Utilities sector currently sits down 0.7% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.1%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Korea Electric Power ( KEP), down 6.5%, FirstEnergy ( FE), down 2.3%, Duke Energy Corporation ( DUK), down 1.8%, Dominion Resources ( D), down 1.7% and NextEra Energy ( NEE), down 1.3%.

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

3. American Electric Power ( AEP) is one of the companies pushing the Utilities sector lower today. As of noon trading, American Electric Power is down $0.95 (-1.6%) to $56.99 on average volume. Thus far, 1.2 million shares of American Electric Power exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $56.55-$57.65 after having opened the day at $57.45 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $57.94.

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American Electric Power Company, Inc., a public utility holding company, is engaged in the generation, transmission, and distribution of electricity for sale to retail and wholesale customers. American Electric Power has a market cap of $28.6 billion and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are up 24.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 8 analysts that rate American Electric Power a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates American Electric Power as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, growth in earnings per share, increase in net income, revenue growth and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full American Electric Power Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, PPL ( PPL) is down $0.54 (-1.5%) to $36.03 on average volume. Thus far, 1.7 million shares of PPL exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $35.75-$36.30 after having opened the day at $36.27 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $36.57.

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PPL Corporation, an energy and utility holding company, generates, transmits, distributes, and sells electricity to wholesale and retail customers in the Pennsylvania, Kentucky, Virginia, Tennessee, and the United Kingdom. The company operates in four segments: Kentucky Regulated, U.K. PPL has a market cap of $24.5 billion and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are up 21.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate PPL a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates PPL as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, increase in net income, solid stock price performance and growth in earnings per share. 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 PPL Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Exelon ( EXC) is down $0.96 (-2.6%) to $36.28 on average volume. Thus far, 3.1 million shares of Exelon exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $36.13-$37.00 after having opened the day at $37.00 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $37.24.

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Exelon Corporation, a utility services holding company, is engaged in the energy generation business in the United States. It operates through nine segments: Mid-Atlantic, Midwest, New England, New York, ERCOT, Other Regions, ComEd, PECO, and BGE. Exelon has a market cap of $32.3 billion and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are up 37.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate Exelon a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Exelon as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full Exelon 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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