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One out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 53 points (0.3%) at 16,712 as of Friday, Oct. 10, 2014, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,328 issues advancing vs. 1,700 declining with 123 unchanged.

The Utilities sector currently sits up 0.5% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.1%. Top gainers within the sector include PG&E ( PCG), up 1.8%, TransCanada ( TRP), up 1.6%, Exelon ( EXC), up 1.5%, Xcel Energy ( XEL), up 1.4% and Dominion Resources ( D), up 1.2%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Huaneng Power International ( HNP), down 4.3%, Centrais Eletricas Brasileiras ( EBR.B), down 3.9%, Western Gas Equity Partners ( WGP), down 1.7% and Praxair ( PX), down 0.6%.

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

3. Sempra Energy ( SRE) is one of the companies pushing the Utilities sector higher today. As of noon trading, Sempra Energy is up $0.83 (0.8%) to $106.54 on average volume. Thus far, 670,310 shares of Sempra Energy exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 941,000 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $105.55-$107.52 after having opened the day at $106.16 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $105.71.

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Sempra Energy, an energy-services holding company, develops energy infrastructure, operates utilities, and provides related services. The company's San Diego Gas & Electric Company segment generates, transmits, and distributes electricity; and distributes, transmits, and stores natural gas. Sempra Energy has a market cap of $26.6 billion and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are up 17.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 9 analysts who rate Sempra Energy a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Sempra Energy as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its growth in earnings per share, revenue growth, notable return on equity, increase in net income and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full Sempra Energy Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Consolidated Edison ( ED) is up $0.97 (1.7%) to $59.17 on heavy volume. Thus far, 1.6 million shares of Consolidated Edison exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $58.51-$59.35 after having opened the day at $58.51 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $58.20.

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Consolidated Edison, Inc. is engaged in regulated electric, gas, and steam delivery businesses in the United States. Consolidated Edison has a market cap of $17.2 billion and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are up 5.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there is 1 analyst who rates Consolidated Edison a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Consolidated Edison as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its compelling growth in net income, revenue growth, reasonable valuation levels, notable return on equity and impressive record of earnings per share growth. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated. Get the full Consolidated Edison Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Public Service Enterprise Group ( PEG) is up $0.71 (1.9%) to $38.35 on heavy volume. Thus far, 3.6 million shares of Public Service Enterprise Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $37.75-$38.42 after having opened the day at $37.81 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $37.64.

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Public Service Enterprise Group Incorporated, through its subsidiaries, operates as an energy company primarily in the Northeastern and Mid Atlantic United States. Public Service Enterprise Group has a market cap of $19.4 billion and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are up 17.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 3 analysts who rate Public Service Enterprise Group a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Public Service Enterprise Group as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its reasonable valuation levels, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures 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 Public Service Enterprise Group 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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