3 Stocks Dragging The Utilities Sector Downward

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One out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 5 points (0.0%) at 17,810 as of Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014, 12:20 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,661 issues advancing vs. 1,320 declining with 162 unchanged.

The Utilities sector currently sits up 0.1% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.1%. Top gainers within the sector include Huaneng Power International ( HNP), up 2.6%, TransCanada ( TRP), up 0.9%, Exelon ( EXC), up 1.2% and Consolidated Edison ( ED), up 0.9%.

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 $0.57 (-0.9%) to $63.86 on light volume. Thus far, 34,720 shares of Western Gas Equity Partners exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 123,500 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $63.49-$64.76 after having opened the day at $64.19 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $64.43.

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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 $14.1 billion and is part of the energy industry. Shares are up 63.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate Western Gas Equity Partners a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Western Gas Equity Partners as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its premium valuation and generally high debt management risk. Get the full Western Gas Equity Partners Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, MDU Resources Group ( MDU) is down $0.57 (-2.2%) to $25.31 on light volume. Thus far, 336,114 shares of MDU Resources Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $25.27-$25.91 after having opened the day at $25.88 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $25.88.

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MDU Resources Group, Inc. operates as a diversified natural resource company in the United States. The company's Electric segment generates, transmits, and distributes electricity in Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wyoming. MDU Resources Group has a market cap of $5.0 billion and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are down 15.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate MDU Resources Group a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates MDU Resources Group as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income and attractive valuation levels. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself. Get the full MDU Resources Group Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Dominion Resources ( D) is down $0.26 (-0.4%) to $72.37 on light volume. Thus far, 706,563 shares of Dominion Resources exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $72.14-$72.99 after having opened the day at $72.65 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $72.63.

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Dominion Resources, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, engages in producing and transporting energy in the United States. The company operates through three segments: Dominion Virginia Power (DVP), Dominion Generation, and Dominion Energy. Dominion Resources has a market cap of $42.7 billion and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are up 12.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate Dominion Resources a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Dominion Resources as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its expanding profit margins 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 Dominion Resources 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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