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All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 61 points (-0.3%) at 17,367 as of Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015, 12:05 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,250 issues advancing vs. 1,743 declining with 165 unchanged.

The Utilities sector currently sits down 0.3% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.4%. A company within the sector that fell today was TransCanada ( TRP), up 0.6%.

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

3. FirstEnergy ( FE) is one of the companies pushing the Utilities sector higher today. As of noon trading, FirstEnergy is up $0.56 (1.4%) to $40.11 on average volume. Thus far, 2.1 million shares of FirstEnergy exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $39.58-$40.27 after having opened the day at $39.77 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $39.55.

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FirstEnergy Corp., a diversified energy company, generates, transmits, and distributes electricity in the United States. The company operates through Regulated Distribution, Regulated Transmission, and Competitive Energy Services segments. FirstEnergy has a market cap of $16.3 billion and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are up 1.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 3 analysts who rate FirstEnergy a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates FirstEnergy as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its compelling growth in net income, solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth and notable return on equity. 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 FirstEnergy Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, EQT ( EQT) is up $1.07 (1.5%) to $74.29 on light volume. Thus far, 471,115 shares of EQT exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $72.91-$74.53 after having opened the day at $74.51 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $73.22.

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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 $11.0 billion and is part of the energy industry. Shares are down 3.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 11 analysts who rate EQT a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 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, growth in earnings per share, increase in net income and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full EQT Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Consolidated Edison ( ED) is up $0.53 (0.8%) to $68.02 on light volume. Thus far, 620,887 shares of Consolidated Edison exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $67.28-$68.16 after having opened the day at $67.43 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $67.49.

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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 $19.6 billion and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are up 2.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there is 1 analyst who rates Consolidated Edison a buy, 3 analysts rate it a sell, and 5 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 solid stock price performance, attractive valuation levels, good cash flow from operations, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full Consolidated Edison 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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