All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 55 points (-0.3%) at 17,210 as of Monday, Dec. 14, 2015, 11:55 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 426 issues advancing vs. 2,625 declining with 95 unchanged.

The Utilities sector currently sits down 1.2% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.8%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include NRG Energy ( NRG), down 8.2%, and Western Gas Equity Partners ( WGP), down 5.3%. A company within the sector that increased today was TransCanada ( TRP), up 2.0%.

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

3. Praxair ( PX) is one of the companies pushing the Utilities sector lower today. As of noon trading, Praxair is down $1.06 (-1.0%) to $104.24 on light volume. Thus far, 462,872 shares of Praxair exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $104.03-$105.55 after having opened the day at $104.75 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $105.30.

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Praxair, Inc. produces, sells, and distributes atmospheric, process, and specialty gases, as well as surface coatings in North America, Europe, South America, and Asia. Praxair has a market cap of $30.4 billion and is part of the chemicals industry. Shares are down 18.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate Praxair a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Praxair as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its expanding profit margins and notable return on equity. 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 weak operating cash flow. Get the full Praxair Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Exelon ( EXC) is down $0.78 (-3.0%) to $25.16 on average volume. Thus far, 3.6 million shares of Exelon exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 8.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $25.09-$26.01 after having opened the day at $25.98 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $25.94.

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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 $24.4 billion and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are down 30.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. 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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1. As of noon trading, Duke Energy Corporation ( DUK) is down $0.33 (-0.5%) to $67.51 on light volume. Thus far, 1.0 million shares of Duke Energy Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $67.45-$68.34 after having opened the day at $67.72 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $67.84.

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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 $46.4 billion and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are down 18.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. 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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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).