All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 190 points (1.2%) at 15,957 as of Thursday, Jan. 21, 2016, 11:55 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 2,146 issues advancing vs. 840 declining with 119 unchanged.

The Utilities sector currently sits up 1.0% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.9%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include ITC Holdings ( ITC), down 2.3%, DTE Energy ( DTE), down 1.0% and Dominion Resources ( DCUB), down 0.5%. Top gainers within the sector include Western Gas Equity Partners ( WGP), up 5.5%, AES Corporation ( AES), up 5.1%, TransCanada ( TRP), up 5.0%, Calpine ( CPN), up 3.7% and Enersis ( ENI), up 2.2%.

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

3. Dominion Resources ( D) is one of the companies pushing the Utilities sector lower today. As of noon trading, Dominion Resources is down $0.37 (-0.5%) to $68.36 on light volume. Thus far, 675,749 shares of Dominion Resources exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $67.97-$69.05 after having opened the day at $69.05 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $68.73.

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Dominion Resources, Inc. is a privately owned investment manager. Dominion Resources, Inc. produces and transports energy in the United States. The company operates through three segments: Dominion Virginia Power (DVP), Dominion Generation, and Dominion Energy. Dominion Resources has a market cap of $41.6 billion and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are up 1.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 8 analysts that rate Dominion Resources a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Dominion Resources as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in net income, notable return on equity, expanding profit margins, good cash flow from operations 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 Dominion Resources Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Southern ( SO) is down $0.42 (-0.9%) to $46.74 on light volume. Thus far, 1.8 million shares of Southern exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $46.65-$47.55 after having opened the day at $47.25 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $47.16.

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The Southern Company, together with its subsidiaries, operates as a public electric utility company. Southern has a market cap of $43.6 billion and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are up 0.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there is 1 analyst that rates Southern a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 9 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Southern 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, expanding profit margins and good cash flow from operations. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself. Get the full Southern Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Duke Energy Corporation ( DUK) is down $0.50 (-0.7%) to $70.92 on light volume. Thus far, 1.3 million shares of Duke Energy Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $70.84-$72.14 after having opened the day at $71.70 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $71.42.

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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 $50.4 billion and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are up 0.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate Duke Energy Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 9 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).