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All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 48 points (0.3%) at 18,145 as of Thursday, March 5, 2015, 12:05 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,642 issues advancing vs. 1,262 declining with 201 unchanged.

The Utilities sector currently sits up 0.3% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.2%. Top gainers within the sector include Dominion Resources ( DCUB), up 1.8%, ONEOK ( OKE), up 1.9% and Dominion Resources ( DCUA), up 0.7%.

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

3. Dominion Resources ( D) is one of the companies pushing the Utilities sector higher today. As of noon trading, Dominion Resources is up $0.53 (0.8%) to $71.14 on average volume. Thus far, 1.3 million shares of Dominion Resources exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $70.64-$71.74 after having opened the day at $70.83 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $70.61.

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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 $41.7 billion and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are down 8.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 8 analysts who rate Dominion Resources a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Dominion Resources as a buy. Among the primary strengths of the company is its generally strong cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full Dominion Resources Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, NextEra Energy ( NEE) is up $0.75 (0.7%) to $102.14 on light volume. Thus far, 778,775 shares of NextEra Energy exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $101.62-$102.96 after having opened the day at $101.83 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $101.39.

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NextEra Energy, Inc., through its subsidiaries, generates, transmits, and distributes electric energy in the United States and Canada. The company generates electricity from gas, oil, solar, coal, petroleum coke, nuclear, and wind sources. NextEra Energy has a market cap of $45.2 billion and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are down 4.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 10 analysts who rate NextEra Energy a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 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, increase in stock price during the past year, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth 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 NextEra Energy Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Exelon ( EXC) is up $0.24 (0.7%) to $32.86 on average volume. Thus far, 3.2 million shares of Exelon exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $32.80-$33.30 after having opened the day at $33.30 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $32.62.

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Exelon Corporation, a utility services holding company, engages in the energy generation and delivery businesses in the United States. It owns electric generating facilities, such as nuclear, fossil, and hydroelectric generation facilities, as well as wind and solar photovoltaic facilities. Exelon has a market cap of $28.4 billion and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are down 12.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 4 analysts who rate Exelon a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Exelon as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, increase in stock price during the past year and reasonable valuation levels. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity and poor profit margins. 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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