Editor's Note: Any reference to TheStreet Ratings and its underlying recommendation does not reflect the opinion of TheStreet, Inc. or any of its contributors including Jim Cramer. All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 114 points (0.6%) at 17,956 as of Thursday, May 7, 2015, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,846 issues advancing vs. 1,171 declining with 124 unchanged. The Utilities sector currently sits up 0.1% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.6%. Top gainers within the sector include Empresa Nacional de Electricidad ( EOC), up 1.8%, Edison International ( EIX), up 1.3%, American Electric Power ( AEP), up 1.2%, Public Service Enterprise Group ( PEG), up 1.1% and Sempra Energy ( SRE), up 1.1%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Centrais Eletricas Brasileiras ( EBR.B), down 3.8%, and TransCanada ( TRP), down 1.4%. TheStreet would like to highlight 3 stocks pushing the sector higher today: 3. Southern ( SO) is one of the companies pushing the Utilities sector higher today. As of noon trading, Southern is up $0.42 (0.9%) to $44.50 on average volume. Thus far, 2.7 million shares of Southern exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $44.06-$44.56 after having opened the day at $44.22 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $44.08. EXCLUSIVE OFFER: See inside Jim Cramer's multi-million dollar charitable trust portfolio to see the stocks he thinks could be potential winners. Click here to see his holdings for 14-days FREE. The Southern Company, together with its subsidiaries, operates as a public electric utility company. Southern has a market cap of $40.2 billion and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are down 9.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there is 1 analyst who rates Southern a buy, 4 analysts rate it a sell, and 9 rate it a hold. TheStreet Ratings rates Southern as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its growth in earnings per share and increase in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself. Get the full Southern Ratings Report now. EXCLUSIVE OFFER: See inside Jim Cramer's multi-million dollar charitable trust portfolio to see the stocks he thinks could be potential winners. Click here to see his holdings for 14-days FREE.