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Two out of the three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 145 points (0.8%) at 17,506 as of Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2015, 12:10 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 2,277 issues advancing vs. 741 declining with 132 unchanged.

The Utilities sector currently sits up 0.9% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.5%. Top gainers within the sector include TransCanada ( TRP), up 2.8%, AES Corporation ( AES), up 2.4%, Western Gas Equity Partners ( WGP), up 2.2%, Empresa Nacional de Electricidad ( EOC), up 1.8% and NiSource ( NI), up 1.5%.

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

3. PPL ( PPL) is one of the companies pushing the Utilities sector higher today. As of noon trading, PPL is up $0.31 (0.9%) to $36.21 on average volume. Thus far, 2.4 million shares of PPL exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $35.65-$36.31 after having opened the day at $35.86 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $35.90.

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PPL Corporation, an energy and utility holding company, generates, transmits, distributes, and sells electricity to wholesale and retail customers in the Pennsylvania, Kentucky, Virginia, Tennessee, and the United Kingdom. The company operates in four segments: Kentucky Regulated, U.K. PPL has a market cap of $23.6 billion and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are down 1.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 5 analysts who rate PPL a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates PPL as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, growth in earnings per share and increase in net income. 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 PPL Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Dominion Resources ( D) is up $0.52 (0.7%) to $78.24 on average volume. Thus far, 998,675 shares of Dominion Resources exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $77.12-$78.50 after having opened the day at $77.65 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $77.72.

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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 $44.9 billion and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are up 1.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. 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, Exelon ( EXC) is up $0.46 (1.3%) to $36.51 on average volume. Thus far, 3.2 million shares of Exelon exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $35.95-$36.65 after having opened the day at $36.22 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $36.05.

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Exelon Corporation, a utility services holding company, is engaged in the energy generation business in the United States. It operates through nine segments: Mid-Atlantic, Midwest, New England, New York, ERCOT, Other Regions, ComEd, PECO, and BGE. Exelon has a market cap of $31.0 billion and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are down 2.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 5 analysts who rate Exelon a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Exelon as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, revenue growth and attractive valuation levels. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full Exelon 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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