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All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 75 points (0.4%) at 17,956 as of Tuesday, April 7, 2015, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,715 issues advancing vs. 1,255 declining with 166 unchanged.

The Utilities sector currently is unchanged today versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.4%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Korea Electric Power ( KEP), down 2.0%, Public Service Enterprise Group ( PEG), down 1.3%, Xcel Energy ( XEL), down 1.3%, DTE Energy ( DTE), down 1.2% and Entergy ( ETR), down 1.1%.

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

3. TransCanada ( TRP) is one of the companies pushing the Utilities sector higher today. As of noon trading, TransCanada is up $0.65 (1.5%) to $43.83 on average volume. Thus far, 745,971 shares of TransCanada exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $43.13-$43.95 after having opened the day at $43.13 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $43.18.

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TransCanada Corporation operates as an energy infrastructure company in North America. The company operates in three segments: Natural Gas Pipelines, Liquids Pipelines, and Energy. TransCanada has a market cap of $30.7 billion and is part of the energy industry. Shares are down 12.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 2 analysts who rate TransCanada a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

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

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2. As of noon trading, NRG Energy ( NRG) is up $0.47 (1.9%) to $24.97 on average volume. Thus far, 1.9 million shares of NRG Energy exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $24.25-$25.00 after having opened the day at $24.52 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $24.50.

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NRG Energy, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, operates as a power company. NRG Energy has a market cap of $8.1 billion and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are down 9.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 7 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, impressive record of earnings per share growth and compelling growth in net income. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself, generally higher debt management risk and weak operating cash flow. Get the full NRG Energy Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Praxair ( PX) is up $0.71 (0.6%) to $122.97 on light volume. Thus far, 324,290 shares of Praxair exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $122.08-$123.34 after having opened the day at $122.08 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $122.26.

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Praxair, Inc. produces, sells, and distributes atmospheric, process, and specialty gases, as well as surface coatings in North America, Europe, South America, and Asia. Praxair has a market cap of $35.3 billion and is part of the chemicals industry. Shares are down 5.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 8 analysts who rate Praxair a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Praxair as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its notable return on equity and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full Praxair 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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