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All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 44 points (-0.2%) at 17,781 as of Monday, Feb. 9, 2015, 12:00 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,569 issues advancing vs. 1,401 declining with 177 unchanged.

The Utilities sector currently sits up 0.4% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.1%. Top gainers within the sector include Ormat Technologies ( ORA), up 11.0%, CPFL Energy ( CPL), up 4.4%, Companhia De Saneamento Basico Do Estado De ( SBS), up 3.9%, Western Gas Equity Partners ( WGP), up 1.0% and Dominion Resources ( DCUB), up 1.0%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include TECO Energy ( TE), down 2.5%, and Wisconsin Energy ( WEC), down 1.5%.

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

3. Calpine ( CPN) is one of the companies pushing the Utilities sector higher today. As of noon trading, Calpine is up $0.51 (2.4%) to $21.79 on light volume. Thus far, 1.4 million shares of Calpine exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $21.09-$21.96 after having opened the day at $21.25 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $21.28.

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Calpine Corporation, a wholesale power generation company, owns and operates natural gas-fired and geothermal power plants in North America. It operates natural gas-fired combustion turbines and renewable geothermal conventional steam turbines. Calpine has a market cap of $8.6 billion and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are down 3.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 8 analysts who rate Calpine a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

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

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2. As of noon trading, NRG Energy ( NRG) is up $1.04 (4.1%) to $26.32 on light volume. Thus far, 1.4 million shares of NRG Energy exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $25.26-$26.43 after having opened the day at $25.44 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $25.28.

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NRG Energy, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, operates as a power and energy company. The company is engaged in the ownership and operation of power generation facilities. NRG Energy has a market cap of $8.9 billion and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are down 6.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 8 analysts who rate NRG Energy a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates NRG Energy as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, increase in net income and growth in earnings per share. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including generally higher debt management risk, disappointing return on equity and poor profit margins. Get the full NRG Energy Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Edison International ( EIX) is up $0.35 (0.5%) to $64.72 on light volume. Thus far, 481,851 shares of Edison International exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $64.28-$65.07 after having opened the day at $64.28 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $64.37.

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Edison International, through its subsidiaries, generates and supplies electricity. The company generates electricity through hydroelectric, diesel, natural gas, gas fueled, combustion turbine, nuclear, and photovoltaic sources. Edison International has a market cap of $22.1 billion and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are down 1.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 9 analysts who rate Edison International a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Edison International as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, revenue growth, good cash flow from operations, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and growth in earnings per share. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full Edison International 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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