All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 145 points (-0.8%) at 17,585 as of Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2015, 11:55 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 885 issues advancing vs. 2,088 declining with 150 unchanged.

The Utilities sector currently sits down 0.5% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.6%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Empresa Nacional de Electricidad ( EOC), down 2.1%, Sempra Energy ( SRE), down 1.9%, FirstEnergy ( FE), down 1.6%, Enersis ( ENI), down 1.6% and TransCanada ( TRP), down 1.3%.

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

3. Western Gas Equity Partners ( WGP) is one of the companies pushing the Utilities sector higher today. As of noon trading, Western Gas Equity Partners is up $0.56 (1.6%) to $34.77 on light volume. Thus far, 78,304 shares of Western Gas Equity Partners exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 263,100 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $32.21-$35.75 after having opened the day at $34.06 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $34.21.

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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 $8.2 billion and is part of the energy industry. Shares are down 43.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 6 analysts who 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 and generally high debt management risk. Get the full Western Gas Equity Partners Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Targa Resources ( TRGP) is up $2.15 (8.3%) to $28.18 on heavy volume. Thus far, 1.3 million shares of Targa Resources exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $24.65-$28.28 after having opened the day at $24.73 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $26.03.

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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 $1.7 billion and is part of the energy industry. Shares are down 75.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 4 analysts who 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. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its reasonable valuation levels and good cash flow from operations. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including generally higher debt management risk, disappointing return on equity and a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself. Get the full Targa Resources Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, NRG Energy ( NRG) is up $0.40 (4.2%) to $9.96 on average volume. Thus far, 4.9 million shares of NRG Energy exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 8.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $9.20-$9.98 after having opened the day at $9.45 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $9.55.

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NRG Energy, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, operates as a power company. NRG Energy has a market cap of $2.8 billion and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are down 64.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 5 analysts who rate NRG Energy a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates NRG Energy as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its good cash flow from operations and notable return on equity. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including unimpressive growth in net income, poor profit margins and a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself. 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).