All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 44 points (0.2%) at 18,603 as of Wednesday, July 20, 2016, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,983 issues advancing vs. 916 declining with 144 unchanged.

The Utilities sector currently sits up 0.8% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.4%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include TransCanada ( TRP), down 0.8%, Duke Energy ( DUK), down 0.8%, PPL ( PPL), down 0.6%, NextEra Energy ( NEE), down 0.6% and Exelon ( EXC), down 0.6%. A company within the sector that increased today was Huaneng Power International ( HNP), up 4.3%.

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

3. Public Service Enterprise Group ( PEG) is one of the companies pushing the Utilities sector lower today. As of noon trading, Public Service Enterprise Group is down $0.34 (-0.7%) to $45.51 on light volume. Thus far, 646,724 shares of Public Service Enterprise Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $45.33-$45.98 after having opened the day at $45.85 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $45.85.

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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 $23.2 billion and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are up 18.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there is 1 analyst that rates 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 attractive valuation levels, solid stock price performance, 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 has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full Public Service Enterprise Group Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Dominion Resources ( D) is down $0.42 (-0.5%) to $77.41 on light volume. Thus far, 531,023 shares of Dominion Resources exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $77.23-$77.99 after having opened the day at $77.72 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $77.83.

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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 $48.0 billion and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are up 15.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate Dominion Resources a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 7 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 sub par growth in net income. Get the full Dominion Resources Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Southern ( SO) is down $0.36 (-0.7%) to $53.26 on light volume. Thus far, 1.8 million shares of Southern exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $53.20-$53.79 after having opened the day at $53.65 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $53.62.

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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 $49.2 billion and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are up 14.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. 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 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).