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All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 44 points (-0.2%) at 17,781 as of Monday, Feb. 9, 2015, 12:00 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,569 issues advancing vs. 1,401 declining with 177 unchanged.

The Utilities sector currently sits up 0.4% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.1%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include TECO Energy ( TE), down 2.5%, and Wisconsin Energy ( WEC), down 1.5%. Top gainers within the sector include Ormat Technologies ( ORA), up 11.0%, CPFL Energy ( CPL), up 4.4%, Companhia De Saneamento Basico Do Estado De ( SBS), up 3.9%, Western Gas Equity Partners ( WGP), up 1.0% and Dominion Resources ( DCUB), up 1.0%.

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

3. PPL ( PPL) is one of the companies pushing the Utilities sector lower today. As of noon trading, PPL is down $0.16 (-0.5%) to $35.06 on average volume. Thus far, 1.6 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 $34.77-$35.27 after having opened the day at $35.10 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $35.22.

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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 $24.2 billion and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are down 3.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate PPL a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 8 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, solid stock price performance, compelling growth in net income, good cash flow from operations and notable return on equity. 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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2. As of noon trading, American Electric Power ( AEP) is down $0.39 (-0.7%) to $58.76 on average volume. Thus far, 996,834 shares of American Electric Power exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $58.63-$59.43 after having opened the day at $59.09 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $59.15.

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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 $30.6 billion and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are down 2.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 7 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 revenue growth, notable return on equity, solid stock price performance and reasonable valuation levels. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full American Electric Power Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Exelon ( EXC) is down $0.20 (-0.6%) to $34.80 on light volume. Thus far, 2.2 million shares of Exelon exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $34.57-$35.07 after having opened the day at $34.96 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $35.00.

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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 $31.5 billion and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are down 5.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate Exelon a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Exelon as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, revenue growth, attractive valuation levels 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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