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One out of the three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 9 points (0.0%) at 17,542 as of Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2015, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,510 issues advancing vs. 1,477 declining with 142 unchanged.

The Utilities sector currently sits up 0.2% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.3%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Centrais Eletricas Brasileiras ( EBR.B), down 4.5%, Western Gas Equity Partners ( WGP), down 1.1% and Entergy ( ETR), down 0.8%. Top gainers within the sector include Sempra Energy ( SRE), up 1.8%, Dominion Resources ( D), up 1.5% and Public Service Enterprise Group ( PEG), up 1.2%.

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

3. Energy Company of Parana ( ELP) is one of the companies pushing the Utilities sector lower today. As of noon trading, Energy Company of Parana is down $0.32 (-3.2%) to $9.70 on light volume. Thus far, 199,177 shares of Energy Company of Parana exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 633,100 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $9.66-$10.06 after having opened the day at $9.91 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $10.02.

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Companhia Paranaense de Energia - COPEL engages in the generation, transmission, distribution, and sale of electricity to industrial, residential, commercial, rural, and other customers primarily in the State of Parana, Brazil. Energy Company of Parana has a market cap of $2.8 billion and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are down 23.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there is 1 analyst that rates Energy Company of Parana a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and none rate 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 attractive valuation levels, good cash flow from operations and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity and poor profit margins. Get the full Energy Company of Parana Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Energy Company of Minas Gerais ( CIG) is down $0.09 (-3.2%) to $2.70 on average volume. Thus far, 2.4 million shares of Energy Company of Minas Gerais exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $2.68-$2.80 after having opened the day at $2.80 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $2.79.

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Companhia Energetica de Minas Gerais S.A. - CEMIG, through its subsidiaries, engages in the generation, transformation, transmission, distribution, and sale of electric energy primarily in Minas Gerais, Brazil. Energy Company of Minas Gerais has a market cap of $3.5 billion and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are down 43.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are no analysts that rate Energy Company of Minas Gerais a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Energy Company of Minas Gerais as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its feeble growth in its earnings per share, deteriorating net income, generally high debt management risk, generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself and poor profit margins. Get the full Energy Company of Minas Gerais Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Companhia De Saneamento Basico Do Estado De ( SBS) is down $0.15 (-3.0%) to $4.88 on average volume. Thus far, 906,878 shares of Companhia De Saneamento Basico Do Estado De exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $4.85-$5.14 after having opened the day at $5.11 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $5.03.

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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 $3.5 billion and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are down 20.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 2 analysts that rate 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 reasonable 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).