All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 128 points (-0.7%) at 17,621 as of Thursday, Dec. 17, 2015, 11:55 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,089 issues advancing vs. 1,883 declining with 124 unchanged.

The Utilities sector currently sits down 0.7% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.9%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include TransCanada ( TRP), down 2.5%, Praxair ( PX), down 1.7%, WEC Energy Group ( WEC), down 1.3% and Korea Electric Power ( KEP), down 1.0%. A company within the sector that increased today was SolarCity ( SCTY), up 6.5%.

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

3. Western Gas Equity Partners ( WGP) is one of the companies pushing the Utilities sector lower today. As of noon trading, Western Gas Equity Partners is down $1.36 (-4.1%) to $31.98 on average volume. Thus far, 123,966 shares of Western Gas Equity Partners exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 294,100 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $31.78-$33.16 after having opened the day at $33.16 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $33.34.

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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 $7.2 billion and is part of the energy industry. Shares are down 44.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 7 analysts that 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 hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, compelling growth in net income and good cash flow from operations. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself and generally higher debt management risk. Get the full Western Gas Equity Partners Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, ONEOK ( OKE) is down $1.49 (-7.1%) to $19.39 on heavy volume. Thus far, 3.0 million shares of ONEOK exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $19.12-$21.00 after having opened the day at $20.86 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $20.88.

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ONEOK, Inc., through its general partner interests in ONEOK Partners, L.P., engages in the gathering, processing, storage, and transportation of natural gas in the United States. ONEOK has a market cap of $4.5 billion and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are down 58.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate ONEOK a buy, 3 analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates ONEOK as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in net income, notable return on equity and good cash flow from operations. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including generally higher debt management risk, a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself and poor profit margins. Get the full ONEOK Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Public Service Enterprise Group ( PEG) is down $0.35 (-0.9%) to $37.95 on light volume. Thus far, 1.1 million shares of Public Service Enterprise Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $37.84-$38.34 after having opened the day at $38.22 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $38.30.

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Public Service Enterprise Group Incorporated, through its subsidiaries, operates as an energy company primarily in the northeastern and Mid Atlantic United States. Public Service Enterprise Group has a market cap of $18.8 billion and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are down 7.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate Public Service Enterprise Group a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Public Service Enterprise Group as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, notable return on equity, attractive valuation levels, expanding profit margins 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 Public Service Enterprise Group 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).