Editor's Note: Any reference to TheStreet Ratings and its underlying recommendation does not reflect the opinion of TheStreet, Inc. or any of its contributors including Jim Cramer or Stephanie Link. All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 58 points (-0.4%) at 15,461 as of Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2013, 12:50 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 785 issues advancing vs. 2,161 declining with 94 unchanged. The Utilities sector currently sits down 0.2% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.4%. Top gainers within the sector include Dominion Resources ( D), up 1.3%, Exelon ( EXC), up 1.2%, PG&E ( PCG), up 1.0%, Edison International ( EIX), up 0.9% and American Electric Power ( AEP), up 0.6%. A company within the sector that fell today was EQT ( EQT), up 1.2%. TheStreet would like to highlight 4 stocks pushing the sector higher today: 4. Northeast Utilities ( NU) is one of the companies pushing the Utilities sector higher today. As of noon trading, Northeast Utilities is up $0.51 (1.2%) to $44.17 on average volume. Thus far, 811,068 shares of Northeast Utilities exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $43.62-$44.28 after having opened the day at $43.63 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $43.66. Northeast Utilities, a public utility company, through its subsidiaries, engages in the energy delivery business. It operates in four segments: Electric Distribution, Electric Transmission, Natural Gas Distribution, and Other. Northeast Utilities has a market cap of $13.9 billion and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are up 11.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 8 analysts that rate Northeast Utilities a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold. TheStreet Ratings rates Northeast Utilities as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its compelling growth in net income, revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, notable return on equity and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full Northeast Utilities Ratings Report now. 3x UPSIDE POTENTIAL: TheStreet Quant Ratings has identified a handful of stocks that can potentially TRIPLE in the next 12-months. Learn more.