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All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 77 points (0.5%) at 17,053 as of Thursday, July 3, 2014, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,714 issues advancing vs. 1,323 declining with 126 unchanged.

The Utilities sector currently sits down 0.6% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.5%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Public Service Enterprise Group ( PEG), down 2.7%, Entergy ( ETR), down 1.6%, Sempra Energy ( SRE), down 1.6%, Dominion Resources ( D), down 1.5% and PG&E ( PCG), down 1.4%.

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

3. Korea Electric Power ( KEP) is one of the companies pushing the Utilities sector higher today. As of noon trading, Korea Electric Power is up $0.20 (1.1%) to $18.84 on average volume. Thus far, 111,470 shares of Korea Electric Power exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 200,100 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $18.63-$18.85 after having opened the day at $18.74 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $18.64.

Korea Electric Power Corporation, an integrated electric utility company, generates, transmits, and distributes electricity in Korea. Korea Electric Power has a market cap of $23.3 billion and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are up 12.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there is 1 analyst who rates Korea Electric Power a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Korea Electric Power as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, impressive record of earnings per share growth and compelling growth in net income. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including generally higher debt management risk and poor profit margins. Get the full Korea Electric Power Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Empresa Nacional de Electricidad ( EOC) is up $0.31 (0.7%) to $45.92 on average volume. Thus far, 40,812 shares of Empresa Nacional de Electricidad exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 92,900 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $45.32-$46.07 after having opened the day at $45.32 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $45.61.

Empresa Nacional de Electricidad S.A., together with its subsidiaries, operates as an electricity utility company in Chile, Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, and Peru. The company generates and transmits electricity though hydroelectric, thermal, and wind power sources. Empresa Nacional de Electricidad has a market cap of $12.3 billion and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are up 2.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are no analysts who rate Empresa Nacional de Electricidad a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Empresa Nacional de Electricidad as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in stock price during the past year and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full Empresa Nacional de Electricidad Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Enersis ( ENI) is up $0.18 (1.0%) to $16.98 on heavy volume. Thus far, 586,170 shares of Enersis exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 609,000 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $16.71-$17.02 after having opened the day at $16.73 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $16.81.

Enersis S.A., an electric utility company, through its subsidiaries and jointly-controlled entities, is engaged in the generation, transmission, and distribution of electricity in Chile, Brazil, Colombia, Peru, and Argentina. Enersis has a market cap of $16.5 billion and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are up 12.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there is 1 analyst who rates Enersis a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Enersis as a buy. The company's strongest point has been its expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full Enersis 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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