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. Two out of the three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 40 points (0.2%) at 17,108 as of Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,478 issues advancing vs. 1,497 declining with 182 unchanged. The Utilities sector currently sits up 0.3% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.1%. Top gainers within the sector include Korea Electric Power ( KEP), up 2.8%, Huaneng Power International ( HNP), up 1.3%, Edison International ( EIX), up 1.2%, Public Service Enterprise Group ( PEG), up 1.1% and Consolidated Edison ( ED), up 1.1%. TheStreet would like to highlight 3 stocks pushing the sector higher today: 3. Southern ( SO) is one of the companies pushing the Utilities sector higher today. As of noon trading, Southern is up $0.35 (0.8%) to $44.15 on light volume. Thus far, 1.2 million shares of Southern exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $43.94-$44.26 after having opened the day at $43.95 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $43.80. STOCKS TO BUY: TheStreet Quant Ratings has identified a handful of stocks that can potentially TRIPLE in the next 12 months. Learn more. The Southern Company, together with its subsidiaries, operates as a public electric utility company. Southern has a market cap of $39.8 billion and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are up 6.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 2 analysts who rate Southern a buy, 3 analysts rate it a sell, and 9 rate it a hold. TheStreet Ratings rates Southern as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its compelling growth in net income, revenue growth, notable return on equity, increase in stock price during the past year and impressive record of earnings per share growth. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full Southern Ratings Report now. STOCKS TO BUY: TheStreet Quant Ratings has identified a handful of stocks that can potentially TRIPLE in the next 12 months. Learn more.