All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 11 points (-0.1%) at 17,856 as of Thursday, Nov. 5, 2015, 11:55 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,091 issues advancing vs. 1,846 declining with 161 unchanged.

The Utilities sector currently sits down 0.6% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.3%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include AES Corporation ( AES), down 6.2%, Southwest Gas ( SWX), down 5.4%, Questar ( STR), down 3.9%, ONEOK ( OKE), down 3.5% and OGE Energy ( OGE), down 2.1%. Top gainers within the sector include Centrais Eletricas Brasileiras ( EBR), up 6.4%, Centrais Eletricas Brasileiras ( EBR.B), up 4.9% and Huaneng Power International ( HNP), up 0.6%.

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

3. FirstEnergy ( FE) is one of the companies pushing the Utilities sector lower today. As of noon trading, FirstEnergy is down $0.44 (-1.4%) to $30.55 on light volume. Thus far, 906,421 shares of FirstEnergy exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $30.53-$30.98 after having opened the day at $30.94 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $30.99.

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FirstEnergy Corp., through its subsidiaries, generates, transmits, and distributes electricity in the United States. The company operates through Regulated Distribution, Regulated Transmission, and Competitive Energy Services segments. FirstEnergy has a market cap of $13.1 billion and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are down 20.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate FirstEnergy a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates FirstEnergy as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, good cash flow from operations and increase in net income. 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 disappointing return on equity. Get the full FirstEnergy Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, NextEra Energy ( NEE) is down $0.62 (-0.6%) to $102.60 on light volume. Thus far, 431,388 shares of NextEra Energy exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $102.55-$103.51 after having opened the day at $103.04 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $103.22.

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NextEra Energy, Inc., through its subsidiaries, generates, transmits, and distributes electric energy in the United States and Canada. The company generates electricity from gas, oil, solar, coal, petroleum coke, nuclear, and wind sources. NextEra Energy has a market cap of $47.1 billion and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are down 2.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 10 analysts that rate NextEra Energy a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates NextEra Energy as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, notable return on equity, expanding profit margins, 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 NextEra Energy Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Exelon ( EXC) is down $0.32 (-1.1%) to $28.78 on light volume. Thus far, 1.9 million shares of Exelon exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 8.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $28.78-$29.21 after having opened the day at $29.10 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $29.10.

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Exelon Corporation, a utility services holding company, engages in the energy generation and delivery businesses in the United States. It owns electric generating facilities, such as nuclear, fossil, and hydroelectric generation facilities, as well as wind and solar photovoltaic facilities. Exelon has a market cap of $26.2 billion and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are down 21.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate Exelon a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Exelon as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth and attractive valuation levels. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full Exelon 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).