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All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 57 points (-0.4%) at 15,601 as of Monday, Aug. 5, 2013, 12:50 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,233 issues advancing vs. 1,686 declining with 120 unchanged.

The Utilities sector currently sits down 0.3% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.2%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include CenterPoint Energy ( CNP), down 1.5%, Korea Electric Power ( KEP), down 1.2%, Public Service Enterprise Group ( PEG), down 0.9% and TransCanada ( TRP), down 0.8%.

TheStreet would like to highlight 4 stocks pushing the sector higher today:

4. Suburban Propane Partners ( SPH) is one of the companies pushing the Utilities sector higher today. As of noon trading, Suburban Propane Partners is up $0.82 (1.8%) to $47.52 on average volume. Thus far, 154,402 shares of Suburban Propane Partners exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 251,300 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $46.58-$47.53 after having opened the day at $46.75 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $46.70.

Suburban Propane Partners, L.P., through its subsidiaries, engages in the retail marketing and distribution of propane, fuel oil, and refined fuels. Suburban Propane Partners has a market cap of $2.9 billion and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are up 20.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 2 analysts that rate Suburban Propane Partners a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Suburban Propane Partners as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, compelling growth in net income, good cash flow from operations, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and impressive record of earnings per share growth. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity. Get the full Suburban Propane Partners Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, Companhia De Saneamento Basico Do Estado De ( SBS) is up $0.04 (0.4%) to $9.66 on light volume. Thus far, 541,736 shares of Companhia De Saneamento Basico Do Estado De exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $9.58-$9.77 after having opened the day at $9.59 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $9.62.

Companhia de Saneamento Basico do Estado de S o Paulo-SABESP provides basic and environmental sanitation services; and supplies treated water on a wholesale basis to residential, commercial, industrial, and municipal customers in the State of S o Paulo. Companhia De Saneamento Basico Do Estado De has a market cap of $7.0 billion and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are down 30.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there is 1 analyst that rates Companhia De Saneamento Basico Do Estado De a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Companhia De Saneamento Basico Do Estado De as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its impressive record of earnings per share growth 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 Companhia De Saneamento Basico Do Estado De Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Dominion Resources ( D) is up $0.39 (0.7%) to $59.82 on average volume. Thus far, 1.2 million shares of Dominion Resources exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $58.90-$59.96 after having opened the day at $59.38 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $59.43.

Dominion Resources, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, engages in producing and transporting 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 $34.3 billion and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are up 14.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate Dominion Resources a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 9 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 revenue growth, increase in net income and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated. Get the full Dominion Resources Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Exelon ( EXC) is up $0.15 (0.5%) to $30.77 on light volume. Thus far, 1.9 million shares of Exelon exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $30.42-$30.95 after having opened the day at $30.59 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $30.62.

Exelon Corporation, a utility services holding company, engages in the energy generation and distribution business in the United States. Exelon has a market cap of $26.4 billion and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are up 3.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate Exelon a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 14 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Exelon as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in net income, revenue growth and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. 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 Exelon Ratings Report now.

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If you are interested in one of these 4 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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