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All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 34 points (-0.2%) at 17,564 as of Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2015, 1:15 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,528 issues advancing vs. 1,459 declining with 151 unchanged.

The Utilities sector currently sits down 0.6% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.2%. A company within the sector that increased today was Otter Tail ( OTTR), up 8.4%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include NRG Energy ( NRG), down 8.4%, MDU Resources Group ( MDU), down 8.5%, UGI ( UGI), down 3.5%, Sempra Energy ( SRE), down 2.0% and Dominion Resources ( DCUA), down 1.2%.

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

3. Korea Electric Power ( KEP) is one of the companies pushing the Utilities sector higher today. As of noon trading, Korea Electric Power is up $0.24 (1.1%) to $21.90 on average volume. Thus far, 237,276 shares of Korea Electric Power exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 338,500 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $21.82-$22.09 after having opened the day at $22.08 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $21.66.

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Korea Electric Power Corporation, integrated electric utility company, generates, transmits, and distributes electricity in Korea and internationally. Korea Electric Power has a market cap of $27.7 billion and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are up 11.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there is 1 analyst who rates Korea Electric Power a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Korea Electric Power as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income and attractive valuation levels. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including generally higher debt management risk and poor profit margins. Get the full Korea Electric Power Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Western Gas Equity Partners ( WGP) is up $0.91 (1.6%) to $59.44 on light volume. Thus far, 67,612 shares of Western Gas Equity Partners exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 191,600 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $58.71-$59.52 after having opened the day at $59.01 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $58.53.

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Western Gas Equity Partners, LP engages 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 $12.8 billion and is part of the energy industry. Shares are down 2.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 7 analysts who rate Western Gas Equity Partners a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 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 a generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself. Get the full Western Gas Equity Partners Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, TransCanada ( TRP) is up $0.60 (1.6%) to $38.32 on average volume. Thus far, 586,411 shares of TransCanada exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 940,300 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $37.95-$38.92 after having opened the day at $38.20 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $37.72.

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TransCanada Corporation operates as an energy infrastructure company in North America. The company operates in three segments: Natural Gas Pipelines, Liquids Pipelines, and Energy. TransCanada has a market cap of $27.6 billion and is part of the energy industry. Shares are down 23.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 2 analysts who rate TransCanada a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates TransCanada as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, expanding profit margins, increase in net income and growth in earnings per share. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated. Get the full TransCanada 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).