All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 93 points (0.5%) at 17,674 as of Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2015, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 2,445 issues advancing vs. 542 declining with 141 unchanged.

The Utilities sector currently sits up 1.2% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.7%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Xcel Energy ( XEL), down 1.2%, DTE Energy ( DTE), down 1.1%, WEC Energy Group ( WEC), down 1.0%, Consolidated Edison ( ED), down 0.9% and Duke Energy Corporation ( DUK), down 0.8%. Top gainers within the sector include Huaneng Power International ( HNP), up 2.9%, Praxair ( PX), up 0.9% and Exelon ( EXC), up 0.6%.

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

3. American Electric Power ( AEP) is one of the companies pushing the Utilities sector lower today. As of noon trading, American Electric Power is down $0.36 (-0.6%) to $57.31 on light volume. Thus far, 626,325 shares of American Electric Power exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $57.30-$57.98 after having opened the day at $57.79 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $57.67.

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American Electric Power Company, Inc., a public utility holding company, engages in the generation, transmission, and distribution of electricity for sale to retail and wholesale customers. American Electric Power has a market cap of $28.4 billion and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are down 5.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 8 analysts that rate American Electric Power a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates American Electric Power as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, increase in stock price during the past year, increase in net income, growth in earnings per share and good cash flow from operations. 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 American Electric Power Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, PG&E ( PCG) is down $1.04 (-1.9%) to $53.02 on average volume. Thus far, 1.3 million shares of PG&E exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $52.62-$54.10 after having opened the day at $52.63 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $54.07.

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PG&E Corporation, through its subsidiary, Pacific Gas and Electric Company, transmits, delivers, and sells electricity and natural gas to residential, commercial, industrial, and agricultural customers primarily in northern and central California. PG&E has a market cap of $25.9 billion and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are up 1.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate PG&E a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates PG&E as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, compelling growth in net income, good cash flow from operations and impressive record of earnings per share growth. 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 PG&E Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Dominion Resources ( D) is down $0.60 (-0.8%) to $71.76 on light volume. Thus far, 614,791 shares of Dominion Resources exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $71.75-$72.74 after having opened the day at $72.55 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $72.36.

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Dominion Resources, Inc. produces and transports energy in the United States. The company operates through three segments: Dominion Virginia Power (DVP), Dominion Generation, and Dominion Energy. Dominion Resources has a market cap of $43.3 billion and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are down 5.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 8 analysts that rate Dominion Resources a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Dominion Resources as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in net income, notable return on equity, expanding profit margins, good cash flow from operations and increase in stock price during the past year. 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 Dominion Resources 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).