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All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 105 points (-0.6%) at 17,872 as of Tuesday, March 31, 2015, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,171 issues advancing vs. 1,802 declining with 173 unchanged.

The Utilities sector currently is unchanged today versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.4%. A company within the sector that fell today was Western Gas Equity Partners ( WGP), up 1.0%.

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

3. Huaneng Power International ( HNP) is one of the companies pushing the Utilities sector higher today. As of noon trading, Huaneng Power International is up $0.94 (2.0%) to $48.04 on light volume. Thus far, 21,934 shares of Huaneng Power International exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 72,400 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $47.38-$48.14 after having opened the day at $47.39 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $47.10.

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Huaneng Power International, Inc., an independent power producer, generates and sells electricity and heat to the regional or provincial grid companies in the People's Republic of China and Singapore. Huaneng Power International has a market cap of $16.3 billion and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are down 13.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 2 analysts who rate Huaneng Power International a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Huaneng Power International as a sell. Among the areas we feel are negative, one of the most important has been unimpressive growth in net income over time. Get the full Huaneng Power International Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, CPFL Energy ( CPL) is up $0.42 (3.4%) to $12.62 on heavy volume. Thus far, 386,718 shares of CPFL Energy exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 353,000 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $12.23-$12.72 after having opened the day at $12.27 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $12.20.

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CPFL Energia S.A., together with its subsidiaries, generates, distributes, and commercializes electricity to industrial, residential, commercial, rural, and other consumers in Brazil. CPFL Energy has a market cap of $5.7 billion and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are down 10.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 2 analysts who rate CPFL Energy a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates CPFL Energy as a hold. Among the primary strengths of the company is its generally strong cash flow from operations. At the same time, however, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself, feeble growth in the company's earnings per share and deteriorating net income. Get the full CPFL Energy Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Companhia De Saneamento Basico Do Estado De ( SBS) is up $0.29 (5.6%) to $5.44 on average volume. Thus far, 1.7 million shares of Companhia De Saneamento Basico Do Estado De exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $5.26-$5.50 after having opened the day at $5.35 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $5.15.

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Companhia de Saneamento Basico do Estado de Sao Paulo-SABESP provides basic and environmental sanitation services; and supplies treated water on a wholesale basis to residential, commercial, industrial, and governmental customers in the state of Sao Paulo. Companhia De Saneamento Basico Do Estado De has a market cap of $3.5 billion and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are down 18.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 2 analysts who rate Companhia De Saneamento Basico Do Estado De a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Companhia De Saneamento Basico Do Estado De as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its compelling growth in net income, notable return on equity and reasonable valuation levels. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including weak operating cash flow and a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself. Get the full Companhia De Saneamento Basico Do Estado De 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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