Two out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 57 points (0.3%) at 16,403 as of Monday, Jan. 11, 2016, 11:55 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,113 issues advancing vs. 1,819 declining with 167 unchanged.

The Utilities sector currently is unchanged today versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.1%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Western Gas Equity Partners ( WGP), down 4.5%, and Centrais Eletricas Brasileiras ( EBR.B), down 3.4%. Top gainers within the sector include Korea Electric Power ( KEP), up 2.4%, FirstEnergy ( FE), up 1.6%, PPL ( PPL), up 1.5%, Exelon ( EXC), up 1.3% and Edison International ( EIX), up 1.2%.

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

3. AES Corporation ( AES) is one of the companies pushing the Utilities sector lower today. As of noon trading, AES Corporation is down $0.15 (-1.6%) to $8.98 on average volume. Thus far, 2.2 million shares of AES Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $8.80-$9.22 after having opened the day at $9.12 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $9.13.

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The AES Corporation operates as a diversified power generation and utility company. It owns and/or operates power plants to generate and sell power to customers, such as utilities, industrial users, and other intermediaries. AES Corporation has a market cap of $6.1 billion and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are down 4.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate AES Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

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

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2. As of noon trading, NRG Energy ( NRG) is down $0.85 (-7.5%) to $10.49 on average volume. Thus far, 3.5 million shares of NRG Energy exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 8.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $10.44-$11.37 after having opened the day at $11.33 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $11.34.

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NRG Energy, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, operates as a power company. NRG Energy has a market cap of $3.5 billion and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are down 3.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 5 analysts that 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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1. As of noon trading, EQT ( EQT) is down $1.23 (-2.3%) to $53.22 on average volume. Thus far, 808,909 shares of EQT exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $52.77-$54.68 after having opened the day at $54.22 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $54.45.

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EQT Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, operates as a natural gas company in the United States. It operates in two segments, EQT Production and EQT Midstream. EQT has a market cap of $7.9 billion and is part of the energy industry. Shares are up 4.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 11 analysts that rate EQT a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates EQT as a hold. 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. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself, disappointing return on equity and weak operating cash flow. Get the full EQT 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).