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All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 99 points (0.6%) at 16,420 as of Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 2,239 issues advancing vs. 808 declining with 122 unchanged.

The Utilities sector currently sits up 1.0% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.8%. Top gainers within the sector include Consolidated Edison ( ED), up 3.0%, Xcel Energy ( XEL), up 2.8%, Southern ( SO), up 2.2%, Duke Energy Corporation ( DUK), up 2.0% and American Electric Power ( AEP), up 1.7%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include ONEOK ( OKE), down 2.1%, Dominion Resources ( DCUA), down 1.1% and Dominion Resources ( DCUB), down 0.6%.

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

3. Public Service Enterprise Group ( PEG) is one of the companies pushing the Utilities sector higher today. As of noon trading, Public Service Enterprise Group is up $1.02 (2.7%) to $39.07 on average volume. Thus far, 2.4 million shares of Public Service Enterprise Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $38.18-$39.47 after having opened the day at $38.40 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $38.05.

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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 $19.2 billion and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are up 18.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. 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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2. As of noon trading, Praxair ( PX) is up $1.74 (1.5%) to $120.54 on average volume. Thus far, 562,348 shares of Praxair exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $118.96-$121.14 after having opened the day at $119.53 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $118.81.

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Praxair, Inc. produces, sells, and distributes atmospheric, process, and specialty gases, as well as surface coatings in North America, Europe, South America, and Asia. Praxair has a market cap of $35.3 billion and is part of the chemicals industry. Shares are down 8.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 9 analysts who rate Praxair a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Praxair as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its growth in earnings per share, revenue growth, good cash flow from operations, increase in net income and expanding profit margins. 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 Praxair Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, NextEra Energy ( NEE) is up $1.66 (1.8%) to $94.45 on heavy volume. Thus far, 1.6 million shares of NextEra Energy exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $92.47-$94.70 after having opened the day at $93.07 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $92.79.

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NextEra Energy, Inc., through its subsidiaries, generates, transmits, distributes, and sells electric energy in the United States and Canada. The company generates electricity from gas, oil, solar, coal, petroleum coke, and nuclear sources. NextEra Energy has a market cap of $40.9 billion and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are up 8.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 11 analysts who rate NextEra Energy a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates NextEra Energy as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, expanding profit margins, good cash flow from operations, notable return on equity and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full NextEra Energy 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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