All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 22 points (0.1%) at 17,547 as of Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2015, 11:55 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,993 issues advancing vs. 1,000 declining with 129 unchanged.

The Industrial Goods sector currently sits up 0.6% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.3%.

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

3. Dover ( DOV) is one of the companies pushing the Industrial Goods sector lower today. As of noon trading, Dover is down $1.84 (-3.0%) to $60.27 on average volume. Thus far, 1.2 million shares of Dover exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $60.27-$62.81 after having opened the day at $60.61 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $62.11.

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Dover Corporation manufactures and sells a range of equipment and components, specialty systems, and support services in the United States. The company operates in four segments: Energy, Engineered Systems, Fluids, and Refrigeration & Food Equipment. Dover has a market cap of $9.6 billion and is part of the industrial industry. Shares are down 13.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate Dover a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 10 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Dover as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and expanding profit margins. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full Dover Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, General Dynamics ( GD) is down $1.07 (-0.8%) to $136.97 on average volume. Thus far, 647,207 shares of General Dynamics exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $136.64-$138.29 after having opened the day at $137.70 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $138.04.

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General Dynamics Corporation operates as aerospace and defense company worldwide. It operates through four business groups: Aerospace; Combat Systems; Information Systems and Technology; and Marine Systems. General Dynamics has a market cap of $44.0 billion and is part of the aerospace/defense industry. Shares are up 0.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 11 analysts that rate General Dynamics a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates General Dynamics as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, growth in earnings per share, increase in net income, reasonable valuation levels and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full General Dynamics Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Caterpillar ( CAT) is down $0.35 (-0.5%) to $66.40 on average volume. Thus far, 3.1 million shares of Caterpillar exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $66.14-$67.83 after having opened the day at $66.22 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $66.75.

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Caterpillar Inc. manufactures and sells construction and mining equipment, diesel and natural gas engines, industrial gas turbines, and diesel-electric locomotives worldwide. Caterpillar has a market cap of $38.5 billion and is part of the industrial industry. Shares are down 27.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 2 analysts that rate Caterpillar a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 13 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Caterpillar as a hold. Among the primary strengths of the company is its reasonable valuation levels, considering its current price compared to earnings, book value and other measures. At the same time, however, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, generally higher debt management risk and poor profit margins. Get the full Caterpillar 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 industrial goods sector could consider Industrial Select Sector SPDR ( XLI) while those bearish on the industrial goods sector could consider ProShares Short Dow 30 ( DOG).