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All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 83 points (-0.5%) at 17,693 as of Wednesday, April 1, 2015, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,390 issues advancing vs. 1,594 declining with 166 unchanged.

The Utilities sector currently sits up 0.3% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.5%. Top gainers within the sector include Centrais Eletricas Brasileiras ( EBR.B), up 8.6%, Companhia De Saneamento Basico Do Estado De ( SBS), up 5.2%, CPFL Energy ( CPL), up 4.1%, Huaneng Power International ( HNP), up 3.1% and Dominion Resources ( DCUA), up 0.7%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Exelon ( EXC), down 2.2%, and FirstEnergy ( FE), down 1.2%.

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

3. Korea Electric Power ( KEP) is one of the companies pushing the Utilities sector higher today. As of noon trading, Korea Electric Power is up $0.26 (1.3%) to $20.76 on light volume. Thus far, 134,542 shares of Korea Electric Power exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 515,100 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $20.65-$20.78 after having opened the day at $20.75 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $20.50.

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Korea Electric Power Corporation, an integrated electric utility company, generates, transmits, and distributes electricity in Korea. Korea Electric Power has a market cap of $25.5 billion and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are up 5.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there is 1 analyst who rates Korea Electric Power a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Korea Electric Power as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its attractive valuation levels, solid stock price performance and notable return on equity. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including unimpressive growth in net income, generally higher debt management risk and poor profit margins. Get the full Korea Electric Power Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Dominion Resources ( D) is up $0.49 (0.7%) to $71.36 on light volume. Thus far, 1.0 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 $70.13-$71.50 after having opened the day at $70.88 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $70.87.

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Dominion Resources, Inc. produces and transports 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 $41.9 billion and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are down 7.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 7 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. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its good cash flow from operations and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself. Get the full Dominion Resources Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, NextEra Energy ( NEE) is up $0.70 (0.7%) to $104.75 on light volume. Thus far, 839,486 shares of NextEra Energy exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $102.86-$105.10 after having opened the day at $103.94 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $104.05.

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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 $46.5 billion and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are down 2.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 10 analysts who rate NextEra Energy a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 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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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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