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All three major indices are trading down today with the

Dow Jones Industrial Average

(

^DJI

) trading down 129 points (-0.8%) at 16,373 as of Friday, April 25, 2014, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 935 issues advancing vs. 2,039 declining with 150 unchanged.

The Utilities sector currently sits down 0.2% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.6%. Top gainers within the sector include

FirstEnergy

(

FE

), up 1.5%,

Xcel Energy

(

XEL

), up 1.3% and

Sempra Energy

(

SRE

), up 1.1%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include

EQT

(

EQT

), down 2.1%, and

Praxair

(

PX

), down 0.6%.

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

3.

NextEra Energy

(

NEE

) is one of the companies pushing the Utilities sector higher today. As of noon trading, NextEra Energy is up $0.80 (0.8%) to $97.50 on average volume. Thus far, 952,681 shares of NextEra Energy exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $96.69-$97.92 after having opened the day at $96.69 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $96.69.

NextEra Energy, Inc., through its subsidiaries, generates, transmits, distributes, and sells electric energy in the United States and Canada. The company generates electricity from gas, oil, solar, coal, petroleum coke, and nuclear sources. NextEra Energy has a market cap of $42.1 billion and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are up 12.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 12 analysts who rate NextEra Energy a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

NextEra Energy

as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, expanding profit margins, good cash flow from operations and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full

NextEra Energy Ratings Report

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2. As of noon trading,

Southern

(

SO

) is up $0.46 (1.0%) to $46.14 on average volume. Thus far, 2.6 million shares of Southern exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $45.69-$46.15 after having opened the day at $45.69 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $45.68.

The Southern Company, together with its subsidiaries, operates as a public electric utility company. Southern has a market cap of $40.3 billion and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are up 11.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there is 1 analyst who rates Southern a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 12 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, good cash flow from operations, growth in earnings per share and increase in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity. Get the full

Southern Ratings Report

now.

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1. As of noon trading,

Duke Energy Corporation

(

DUK

) is up $0.53 (0.7%) to $73.59 on light volume. Thus far, 1.0 million shares of Duke Energy Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $73.08-$73.59 after having opened the day at $73.08 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $73.06.

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 $51.3 billion and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are up 5.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 7 analysts who rate Duke Energy Corporation a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 4 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, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and good cash flow from operations. We feel these 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

).

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