All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 18 points (0.1%) at 16,758 as of Thursday, Sept. 17, 2015, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,532 issues advancing vs. 1,398 declining with 181 unchanged.

The Utilities sector currently sits up 0.1% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.1%. Top gainers within the sector include CMS Energy ( CMS), up 1.3%, Consolidated Edison ( ED), up 0.9%, WEC Energy Group ( WEC), up 0.6% and Sempra Energy ( SRE), 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 $0.55 (-1.1%) to $48.35 on average volume. Thus far, 94,572 shares of Western Gas Equity Partners exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 155,000 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $47.83-$49.17 after having opened the day at $48.38 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $48.90.

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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 $10.7 billion and is part of the energy industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 44.3, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 24.9. Shares are down 18.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 5 analysts that 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. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself, generally high debt management risk and disappointing return on equity. Get the full Western Gas Equity Partners Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Enersis ( ENI) is down $0.15 (-1.1%) to $13.46 on light volume. Thus far, 242,054 shares of Enersis exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 699,500 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $13.28-$13.60 after having opened the day at $13.28 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $13.61.

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Enersis S.A., an electric utility company, through its subsidiaries, engages in the generation, transmission, and distribution of electricity in Chile, Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, and Peru. It generates electricity from hydroelectric, thermal, and wind power plants. Enersis has a market cap of $12.9 billion and is part of the utilities industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 436.3, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 24.9. Shares are down 15.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there is 1 analyst that rates Enersis a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Enersis as a hold. Among the primary strengths of the company is its growth in net income. At the same time, however, we also find weaknesses including poor profit margins and a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself. Get the full Enersis Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, NRG Energy ( NRG) is down $0.27 (-1.4%) to $18.70 on average volume. Thus far, 1.9 million shares of NRG Energy exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $18.68-$19.10 after having opened the day at $18.98 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $18.97.

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NRG Energy, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, operates as a power company. NRG Energy has a market cap of $6.3 billion and is part of the utilities industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 68.0, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 24.9. Shares are down 29.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 6 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 impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income and good cash flow from operations. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself, generally higher debt management risk 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).