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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%. Top gainers within the sector include

Western Gas Equity Partners

(

WGP

), up 5.5%,

AES Corporation

(

AES

), up 5.1%,

TransCanada

(

TheStreet Recommends

TRP

), up 5.0%,

Calpine

(

CPN

), up 3.7% and

Enersis

(

ENI

), up 2.2%. 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%.

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

3.

CenterPoint Energy

(

CNP

) is one of the companies pushing the Utilities sector higher today. As of noon trading, CenterPoint Energy is up $0.42 (2.5%) to $17.32 on heavy volume. Thus far, 4.7 million shares of CenterPoint Energy exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $16.90-$17.42 after having opened the day at $16.98 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $16.90.

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CenterPoint Energy, Inc. operates as a public utility holding company in the United States. CenterPoint Energy has a market cap of $7.5 billion and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are down 8.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 3 analysts who rate CenterPoint Energy a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

CenterPoint Energy

as a

hold

. The company's strongest point has been its expanding profit margins. At the same time, however, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, generally higher debt management risk and disappointing return on equity. Get the full

CenterPoint Energy Ratings Report

now.

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2. As of noon trading,

EQT

(

EQT

) is up $1.43 (2.6%) to $56.88 on heavy volume. Thus far, 1.8 million shares of EQT exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $55.23-$57.70 after having opened the day at $55.97 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $55.45.

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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 $8.1 billion and is part of the energy industry. Shares are up 6.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 10 analysts who rate EQT a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 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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1. As of noon trading,

Exelon

(

EXC

) is up $0.54 (2.0%) to $27.32 on average volume. Thus far, 3.4 million shares of Exelon exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 7.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $26.58-$27.39 after having opened the day at $26.88 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $26.78.

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Exelon Corporation, a utility services holding company, engages in the energy generation and delivery businesses in the United States. It owns electric generating facilities, such as nuclear, fossil, and hydroelectric generation facilities, as well as wind and solar photovoltaic facilities. Exelon has a market cap of $25.4 billion and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are down 3.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 5 analysts who rate Exelon a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Exelon

as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, attractive valuation levels and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full

Exelon 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

).