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Two out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 59 points (-0.3%) at 17,755 as of Friday, Jan. 23, 2015, 11:55 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,542 issues advancing vs. 1,426 declining with 163 unchanged.

The Utilities sector currently sits up 0.2% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.2%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Centrais Eletricas Brasileiras ( EBR.B), down 5.6%, and Centrais Eletricas Brasileiras ( EBR), down 4.5%. Top gainers within the sector include Sempra Energy ( SRE), up 0.9%, Dominion Resources ( DCUA), up 0.7%, Northeast Utilities ( NU), up 0.6%, Consolidated Edison ( ED), up 0.6% and Exelon ( EXC), up 0.6%.

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 $1.11 (-1.9%) to $57.77 on light volume. Thus far, 26,705 shares of Western Gas Equity Partners exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 122,800 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $57.65-$59.32 after having opened the day at $58.91 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $58.88.

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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 $12.9 billion and is part of the energy industry. Shares are down 2.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. 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, Energy Company of Parana ( ELP) is down $0.37 (-2.9%) to $12.37 on light volume. Thus far, 83,983 shares of Energy Company of Parana exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 628,900 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $12.30-$12.46 after having opened the day at $12.46 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $12.74.

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Companhia Paranaense de Energia - COPEL is engaged in the generation, transmission, distribution, and sale of electricity to industrial, residential, commercial, and rural customers primarily in the State of Parana, Brazil. Energy Company of Parana has a market cap of $3.4 billion and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are down 3.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there is 1 analyst that rates Energy Company of Parana a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Energy Company of Parana as a hold. 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 and attractive valuation levels. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including unimpressive growth in net income, poor profit margins and a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself. Get the full Energy Company of Parana Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Companhia De Saneamento Basico Do Estado De ( SBS) is down $0.57 (-9.6%) to $5.39 on heavy volume. Thus far, 2.9 million shares of Companhia De Saneamento Basico Do Estado De exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $5.29-$5.77 after having opened the day at $5.77 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $5.96.

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Companhia de Saneamento Basico do Estado de Sao Paulo-SABESP provides basic and environmental sanitation services; and supplies treated water on a wholesale basis to residential, commercial, industrial, and governmental customers in the state of Sao Paulo. Companhia De Saneamento Basico Do Estado De has a market cap of $4.1 billion and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are down 5.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there is 1 analyst that rates Companhia De Saneamento Basico Do Estado De a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Companhia De Saneamento Basico Do Estado De as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its compelling growth in net income, notable return on equity and attractive valuation levels. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including weak operating cash flow and a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself. Get the full Companhia De Saneamento Basico Do Estado De 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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