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 down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 15 points (-0.1%) at 17,673 as of Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014, 12:10 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 967 issues advancing vs. 1,986 declining with 177 unchanged. The Utilities sector currently sits down 0.3% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.3%. A company within the sector that fell today was Huaneng Power International ( HNP), up 1.4%. Top gainers within the sector include Centrais Eletricas Brasileiras ( EBR), up 9.3%, Centrais Eletricas Brasileiras ( EBR.B), up 4.0%, TransCanada ( TRP), up 2.0% and Korea Electric Power ( KEP), up 1.3%. TheStreet would like to highlight 3 stocks pushing the sector lower today: 3. Xcel Energy ( XEL) is one of the companies pushing the Utilities sector lower today. As of noon trading, Xcel Energy is down $0.24 (-0.7%) to $33.48 on light volume. Thus far, 585,377 shares of Xcel Energy exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $33.43-$33.70 after having opened the day at $33.62 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $33.72. STOCKS TO BUY: TheStreet Quant Ratings has identified a handful of stocks that can potentially TRIPLE in the next 12 months. Learn more. Xcel Energy Inc., through its subsidiaries, is engaged in the generation, purchase, transmission, distribution, and sale of electricity in the United States. It operates through Regulated Electric Utility, Regulated Natural Gas Utility, and All Other segments. Xcel Energy has a market cap of $16.9 billion and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are up 20.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate Xcel Energy a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 9 rate it a hold. TheStreet Ratings rates Xcel Energy as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, good cash flow from operations, attractive valuation levels and increase in net income. 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 Xcel Energy 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.