All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 192 points (-1.2%) at 16,087 as of Thursday, Sept. 24, 2015, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 732 issues advancing vs. 2,239 declining with 161 unchanged.

The Utilities sector currently sits down 0.2% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.8%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Brookfield Renewable Energy Partners ( BEP), down 2.6%, AES Corporation ( AES), down 2.4%, TransCanada ( TRP), down 0.7% and Exelon ( EXC), down 0.6%. A company within the sector that increased today was Duke Energy Corporation ( DUK), up 1.1%.

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 $3.44 (-7.4%) to $43.02 on heavy volume. Thus far, 176,940 shares of Western Gas Equity Partners exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 162,200 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $43.02-$46.14 after having opened the day at $46.14 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $46.46.

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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 $10.5 billion and is part of the energy industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 43.6, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 24.4. Shares are down 22.9% 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, Targa Resources ( TRGP) is down $4.01 (-7.1%) to $52.31 on heavy volume. Thus far, 755,062 shares of Targa Resources exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 795,600 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $51.89-$56.14 after having opened the day at $56.14 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $56.32.

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Targa Resources Corp., through its general and limited partner interests in Targa Resources Partners LP, provides midstream natural gas and natural gas liquid (NGL) services in the United States. The company operates in two divisions, Gathering and Processing, and Logistics and Marketing. Targa Resources has a market cap of $3.4 billion and is part of the energy industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 29.7, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 24.4. Shares are down 46.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate Targa Resources a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Targa Resources as a hold. Among the primary strengths of the company is its generally strong cash flow from operations. At the same time, however, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself, generally higher debt management risk and disappointing return on equity. Get the full Targa Resources Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, ONEOK ( OKE) is down $1.34 (-3.8%) to $33.99 on light volume. Thus far, 936,323 shares of ONEOK exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $33.88-$35.24 after having opened the day at $35.17 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $35.33.

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ONEOK, Inc., through its general partner interests in ONEOK Partners, L.P., engages in the gathering, processing, storage, and transportation of natural gas in the United States. ONEOK has a market cap of $7.7 billion and is part of the utilities industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 26.2, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 24.4. Shares are down 29.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate ONEOK a buy, 3 analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates ONEOK as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in net income, notable return on equity 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 ONEOK 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).