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All three major indices are trading up today with the

Dow Jones Industrial Average

(

^DJI

) trading up 9 points (0.0%) at 17,911 as of Thursday, April 9, 2015, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,394 issues advancing vs. 1,539 declining with 203 unchanged.

The Utilities sector currently sits down 0.2% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.1%. A company within the sector that increased today was

TransCanada

(

TRP

), up 0.9%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include

Korea Electric Power

(

KEP

), down 1.7%,

NRG Energy

(

NRG

), down 1.4%,

PPL

(

PPL

), down 1.4%,

Western Gas Equity Partners

(

WGP

), down 1.1% and

PG&E

(

PCG

), down 0.6%.

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

3.

Huaneng Power International

(

HNP

) is one of the companies pushing the Utilities sector higher today. As of noon trading, Huaneng Power International is up $1.10 (2.2%) to $51.08 on average volume. Thus far, 31,601 shares of Huaneng Power International exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 73,100 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $50.65-$51.14 after having opened the day at $51.14 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $49.98.

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Huaneng Power International, Inc., an independent power producer, generates and sells electricity and heat to the regional or provincial grid companies in the People's Republic of China and Singapore. Huaneng Power International has a market cap of $17.4 billion and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are down 7.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 2 analysts who rate Huaneng Power International a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Huaneng Power International

as a

sell

. Among the areas we feel are negative, one of the most important has been unimpressive growth in net income over time. Get the full

Huaneng Power International Ratings Report

now.

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2. As of noon trading,

Targa Resources

(

TRGP

) is up $2.24 (2.3%) to $100.20 on light volume. Thus far, 194,050 shares of Targa Resources exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 791,100 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $97.30-$100.58 after having opened the day at $98.49 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $97.96.

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Targa Resources Corp., through its general and limited partner interests in Targa Resources Partners LP, provides midstream natural gas and natural gas liquid (NGL) services in the United States. The company operates in two divisions, Gathering and Processing, and Logistics and Marketing. Targa Resources has a market cap of $5.5 billion and is part of the energy industry. Shares are down 7.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 8 analysts who rate Targa Resources a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Targa Resources

as a

buy

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

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1. As of noon trading,

EQT

(

EQT

) is up $1.62 (1.9%) to $85.00 on average volume. Thus far, 803,913 shares of EQT exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $82.90-$85.40 after having opened the day at $83.93 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $83.38.

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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 $12.8 billion and is part of the energy industry. Shares are up 10.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 11 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 robust revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and good cash flow from operations. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself, deteriorating net income and feeble growth in the company's earnings per share. Get the full

EQT 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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