All three major indices are trading down today with the

Dow Jones Industrial Average

(

^DJI

) trading down 18 points (-0.1%) at 16,848 as of Wednesday, March 2, 2016, 11:55 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,599 issues advancing vs. 1,307 declining with 169 unchanged.

The Utilities sector currently sits up 0.1% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.1%. A company within the sector that increased today was

Southern

(

SO

), up 0.7%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include

TransCanada

(

TRP

), down 2.2%,

Praxair

(

PX

), down 1.4% and

NextEra Energy

(

NEE

), down 1.1%.

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

3.

Pepco Holdings

(

POM

) is one of the companies pushing the Utilities sector higher today. As of noon trading, Pepco Holdings is up $0.66 (2.9%) to $23.47 on heavy volume. Thus far, 3.1 million shares of Pepco Holdings exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $22.94-$23.50 after having opened the day at $23.04 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $22.81.

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Pepco Holdings, Inc., through its subsidiaries, engages in the transmission, distribution, and supply of electricity. The company operates through Power Delivery and Pepco Energy Services segments. It also distributes and supplies natural gas. Pepco Holdings has a market cap of $6.7 billion and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are down 12.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are no analysts who rate Pepco Holdings a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Pepco Holdings

as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, compelling growth in net income, good cash flow from operations, impressive record of earnings per share growth and notable return on equity. 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

Pepco Holdings Ratings Report

now.

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2. As of noon trading,

American Water Works

(

AWK

) is up $2.91 (4.5%) to $68.21 on heavy volume. Thus far, 6.8 million shares of American Water Works exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $67.06-$68.87 after having opened the day at $68.25 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $65.30.

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American Water Works Company, Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides water and wastewater services in the United States and Canada. The company operates through two segments, Regulated Businesses and Market-Based Operations. American Water Works has a market cap of $11.5 billion and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are up 9.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 8 analysts who rate American Water Works a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

American Water Works

as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its growth in earnings per share, revenue growth, notable return on equity, increase in net income 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

American Water Works Ratings Report

now.

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1. As of noon trading,

Consolidated Edison

(

ED

) is up $0.44 (0.6%) to $70.22 on average volume. Thus far, 1.2 million shares of Consolidated Edison exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $68.44-$70.22 after having opened the day at $69.78 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $69.78.

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Consolidated Edison, Inc., through its subsidiaries, engages in regulated electric, gas, and steam delivery businesses in the United States. Consolidated Edison has a market cap of $20.6 billion and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are up 8.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are no analysts who rate Consolidated Edison a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Consolidated Edison

as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, increase in net income, reasonable valuation levels, notable return on equity and growth in earnings per share. 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

Consolidated Edison 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

).