Two out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 6 points (0.0%) at 17,798 as of Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2015, 11:55 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,309 issues advancing vs. 1,608 declining with 176 unchanged.

The Utilities sector currently is unchanged today versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.2%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Edison International ( EIX), down 1.4%, WEC Energy Group ( WEC), down 1.4%, Public Service Enterprise Group ( PEG), down 1.3%, PPL ( PPL), down 1.3% and Consolidated Edison ( ED), down 1.2%.

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

3. Duke Energy Corporation ( DUK) is one of the companies pushing the Utilities sector lower today. As of noon trading, Duke Energy Corporation is down $0.34 (-0.5%) to $67.67 on light volume. Thus far, 1.1 million shares of Duke Energy Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $67.36-$67.95 after having opened the day at $67.75 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $68.01.

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Duke Energy Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, operates as an energy company in the United States and Latin America. It operates through three segments: Regulated Utilities, International Energy, and Commercial Power. Duke Energy Corporation has a market cap of $47.6 billion and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are down 18.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate Duke Energy Corporation a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 10 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Duke Energy Corporation as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, expanding profit margins and growth in earnings per share. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself. Get the full Duke Energy Corporation Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, NextEra Energy ( NEE) is down $0.72 (-0.7%) to $99.00 on light volume. Thus far, 525,999 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 $98.65-$99.91 after having opened the day at $99.23 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $99.72.

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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 $46.5 billion and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are down 5.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 11 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 $0.22 (-0.8%) to $27.46 on light volume. Thus far, 2.3 million shares of Exelon exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 9.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $27.43-$27.81 after having opened the day at $27.57 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $27.67.

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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 $25.7 billion and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are down 25.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate Exelon a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 7 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, attractive valuation levels and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. 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).