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All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 17 points (-0.1%) at 18,003 as of Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2015, 12:10 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,300 issues advancing vs. 1,708 declining with 156 unchanged.

The Utilities sector currently is unchanged today 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 2.8%, Empresa Nacional de Electricidad ( EOC), down 1.4% and Exelon ( EXC), down 0.6%. Top gainers within the sector include TransCanada ( TRP), up 1.2%, Edison International ( EIX), up 1.2% and Dominion Resources ( DCUA), up 0.5%.

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 $0.88 (-1.4%) to $60.80 on light volume. Thus far, 10,542 shares of Western Gas Equity Partners exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 114,900 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $60.74-$61.50 after having opened the day at $61.46 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $61.68.

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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 $13.5 billion and is part of the energy industry. Shares are up 2.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate Western Gas Equity Partners a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Western Gas Equity Partners as a sell. Among the areas we feel are negative, one of the most important has been very high debt management risk by most measures. Get the full Western Gas Equity Partners Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, AES Corporation ( AES) is down $0.24 (-2.0%) to $11.62 on light volume. Thus far, 2.1 million shares of AES Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $11.61-$11.85 after having opened the day at $11.82 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $11.86.

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The AES Corporation operates as a diversified power generation and utility company. It owns and/or operates power plants to generate and sell power to customers, such as utilities, industrial users, and other intermediaries. AES Corporation has a market cap of $8.5 billion and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are down 13.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate AES Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates AES Corporation as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, growth in earnings per share and increase in net income. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including generally higher debt management risk, poor profit margins and weak operating cash flow. Get the full AES Corporation Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, NRG Energy ( NRG) is down $0.65 (-2.6%) to $24.72 on light volume. Thus far, 1.4 million shares of NRG Energy exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $24.72-$25.22 after having opened the day at $25.22 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $25.37.

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NRG Energy, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, operates as a power and energy company. The company is engaged in the ownership and operation of power generation facilities. NRG Energy has a market cap of $8.6 billion and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are down 5.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 8 analysts that rate NRG Energy a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates NRG Energy as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, increase in net income and growth in earnings per share. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including generally higher debt management risk, disappointing return on equity and poor profit margins. Get the full NRG Energy 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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