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 up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 22 points (0.1%) at 16,756 as of Friday, June 13, 2014, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,558 issues advancing vs. 1,369 declining with 183 unchanged. The Utilities sector currently sits up 0.4% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.2%. Top gainers within the sector include CPFL Energy ( CPL), up 2.6%, Companhia De Saneamento Basico Do Estado De ( SBS), up 1.9% and Praxair ( PX), up 0.5%. TheStreet would like to highlight 3 stocks pushing the sector higher today: 3. PPL ( PPL) is one of the companies pushing the Utilities sector higher today. As of noon trading, PPL is up $0.50 (1.5%) to $34.02 on average volume. Thus far, 3.3 million shares of PPL exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $33.44-$34.06 after having opened the day at $33.62 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $33.52. PPL Corporation, an energy and utility holding company, generates, transmits, distributes, and sells electricity to wholesale and retail customers in the Pennsylvania, Kentucky, Virginia, Tennessee, and the United Kingdom. The company operates in four segments: Kentucky Regulated, U.K. PPL has a market cap of $21.3 billion and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are up 11.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 4 analysts who rate PPL a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold. TheStreet Ratings rates PPL as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its expanding profit margins, good cash flow from operations, reasonable valuation levels and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full PPL 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.