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All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 122 points (0.7%) at 17,066 as of Monday, July 14, 2014, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 2,069 issues advancing vs. 930 declining with 155 unchanged.

The Utilities sector currently is unchanged today versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.5%. Top gainers within the sector include Centrais Eletricas Brasileiras ( EBR.B), up 3.7%, Huaneng Power International ( HNP), up 0.9% and Praxair ( PX), up 0.7%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include NRG Energy ( NRG), down 1.9%, Public Service Enterprise Group ( PEG), down 1.5%, FirstEnergy ( FE), down 1.5%, AES Corporation ( AES), down 1.4% and American Electric Power ( AEP), down 0.8%.

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

3. Energy Company of Parana ( ELP) is one of the companies pushing the Utilities sector higher today. As of noon trading, Energy Company of Parana is up $0.43 (2.7%) to $16.14 on average volume. Thus far, 376,852 shares of Energy Company of Parana exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 544,900 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $15.96-$16.19 after having opened the day at $15.99 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $15.71.

Companhia Paranaense de Energia - COPEL is engaged in the generation, transmission, distribution, and sale of electricity to industrial, residential, commercial, and rural customers primarily in the State of Parana, Brazil. Energy Company of Parana has a market cap of $4.2 billion and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are up 19.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are no analysts who rate Energy Company of Parana a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Energy Company of Parana as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, increase in stock price during the past year, compelling growth in net income and attractive valuation levels. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full Energy Company of Parana Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Western Gas Equity Partners ( WGP) is up $0.57 (1.0%) to $59.63 on light volume. Thus far, 49,335 shares of Western Gas Equity Partners exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 219,000 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $59.28-$59.69 after having opened the day at $59.36 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $59.06.

Western Gas Equity Partners, LP is engaged in gathering, processing, compressing, treating, and transporting natural gas, condensate, natural gas liquids, and crude oil in the United States. Western Gas Equity Partners has a market cap of $12.9 billion and is part of the energy industry. Shares are up 49.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 7 analysts who rate Western Gas Equity Partners a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Western Gas Equity Partners as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its weak operating cash flow and generally high debt management risk. Get the full Western Gas Equity Partners Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, EQT ( EQT) is up $1.13 (1.1%) to $103.03 on average volume. Thus far, 507,604 shares of EQT exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $102.12-$103.46 after having opened the day at $102.36 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $101.90.

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 $15.6 billion and is part of the energy industry. Shares are up 13.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 8 analysts who rate EQT a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates EQT as a buy. 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, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income and expanding profit margins. Although no company is perfect, currently we do not see any significant weaknesses which are likely to detract from the generally positive outlook. 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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