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Two out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 59 points (-0.3%) at 17,755 as of Friday, Jan. 23, 2015, 11:55 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,542 issues advancing vs. 1,426 declining with 163 unchanged.

The Utilities sector currently sits up 0.2% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.2%. Top gainers within the sector include Sempra Energy ( SRE), up 0.9%, Dominion Resources ( DCUA), up 0.7%, Northeast Utilities ( NU), up 0.6%, Consolidated Edison ( ED), up 0.6% and Exelon ( EXC), up 0.6%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Centrais Eletricas Brasileiras ( EBR.B), down 5.6%, and Centrais Eletricas Brasileiras ( EBR), down 4.5%.

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

3. American Electric Power ( AEP) is one of the companies pushing the Utilities sector higher today. As of noon trading, American Electric Power is up $0.49 (0.8%) to $64.57 on light volume. Thus far, 655,526 shares of American Electric Power exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $64.12-$64.90 after having opened the day at $64.35 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $64.08.

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American Electric Power Company, Inc., a public utility holding company, is engaged in the generation, transmission, and distribution of electricity for sale to retail and wholesale customers. American Electric Power has a market cap of $31.4 billion and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are up 5.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 7 analysts who rate American Electric Power a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

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

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2. As of noon trading, Dominion Resources ( D) is up $0.46 (0.6%) to $79.18 on light volume. Thus far, 485,846 shares of Dominion Resources exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $78.42-$79.45 after having opened the day at $78.95 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $78.72.

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Dominion Resources, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, engages in producing and transporting energy in the United States. The company operates through three segments: Dominion Virginia Power (DVP), Dominion Generation, and Dominion Energy. Dominion Resources has a market cap of $46.3 billion and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are up 2.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 8 analysts who rate Dominion Resources a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Dominion Resources as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its expanding profit margins and solid stock price performance. 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 Dominion Resources Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, PG&E ( PCG) is up $0.65 (1.1%) to $58.85 on light volume. Thus far, 979,808 shares of PG&E exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $58.34-$59.02 after having opened the day at $58.44 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $58.20.

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PG&E Corporation, through its subsidiary, Pacific Gas and Electric Company, transmits, delivers, and sells electricity and natural gas to customers primarily in northern and central California. It serves approximately 15 million customers. PG&E has a market cap of $27.8 billion and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are up 9.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 8 analysts who rate PG&E a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates PG&E as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, expanding profit margins, good cash flow from operations and compelling growth in net income. 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 PG&E 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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