All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 51 points (0.3%) at 17,858 as of Monday, June 6, 2016, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,960 issues advancing vs. 999 declining with 178 unchanged.

The Utilities sector currently sits up 0.4% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.4%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include American Water Works ( AWK), down 1.1%, WEC Energy Group ( WEC), down 0.8%, PG&E ( PCG), down 0.7%, Xcel Energy ( XEL), down 0.7% and Sempra Energy ( SRE), down 0.7%. Top gainers within the sector include SolarCity ( SCTY), up 5.0%, Western Gas Equity Partners ( WGP), up 2.0% and Brookfield Renewable Partners ( BEP), up 1.6%.

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 $0.46 (-0.6%) to $72.51 on light volume. Thus far, 910,679 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 $72.42-$73.22 after having opened the day at $72.89 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $72.97.

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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 $44.1 billion and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are up 7.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate Dominion Resources a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 6 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 notable return on equity, expanding profit margins, good cash flow from operations and solid stock price performance. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated. Get the full Dominion Resources Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Duke Energy ( DUK) is down $0.41 (-0.5%) to $79.67 on light volume. Thus far, 998,400 shares of Duke Energy exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $79.66-$80.47 after having opened the day at $80.25 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $80.08.

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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 Portfolio. Duke Energy has a market cap of $54.4 billion and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are up 12.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate Duke Energy a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 11 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Duke Energy as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its expanding profit margins, good cash flow from operations, solid stock price performance and notable return on equity. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full Duke Energy Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Southern ( SO) is down $0.25 (-0.5%) to $49.93 on average volume. Thus far, 2.0 million shares of Southern exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $49.87-$50.41 after having opened the day at $50.41 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $50.18.

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The Southern Company, together with its subsidiaries, engages in the generation, transmission, and distribution of electricity through coal, nuclear, oil and gas, and hydro resources in the states of Alabama, Georgia, Florida, and Mississippi. Southern has a market cap of $45.3 billion and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are up 7.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are no analysts that rate 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 expanding profit margins, solid stock price performance, notable return on equity and reasonable valuation levels. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated. Get the full Southern 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).