Today's Top Performers In Utilities

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All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 176 points (1.0%) at 18,236 as of Thursday, May 14, 2015, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 2,373 issues advancing vs. 649 declining with 125 unchanged.

The Utilities sector currently sits up 0.9% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.8%. Top gainers within the sector include Praxair ( PX), up 1.8%, American Electric Power ( AEP), up 1.5%, Edison International ( EIX), up 1.2%, Huaneng Power International ( HNP), up 1.2% and Consolidated Edison ( ED), up 1.2%. A company within the sector that fell today was NRG Energy ( NRG), up 1.4%.

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

3. Sempra Energy ( SRE) is one of the companies pushing the Utilities sector higher today. As of noon trading, Sempra Energy is up $0.92 (0.9%) to $105.18 on light volume. Thus far, 346,763 shares of Sempra Energy exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $104.71-$105.80 after having opened the day at $104.71 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $104.26.

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Sempra Energy operates as an energy services holding company worldwide. The company's San Diego Gas & Electric Company segment transmits and distributes electricity and/or natural gas. Sempra Energy has a market cap of $26.1 billion and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are down 5.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 8 analysts who rate Sempra Energy a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Sempra Energy as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, expanding profit margins, notable return on equity and reasonable valuation levels. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full Sempra Energy Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Public Service Enterprise Group ( PEG) is up $0.40 (1.0%) to $42.08 on average volume. Thus far, 1.4 million shares of Public Service Enterprise Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $41.85-$42.22 after having opened the day at $41.95 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $41.68.

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Public Service Enterprise Group Incorporated, through its subsidiaries, operates as an energy company primarily in the northeastern and Mid Atlantic United States. Public Service Enterprise Group has a market cap of $21.2 billion and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are up 1.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 4 analysts who rate Public Service Enterprise Group a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Public Service Enterprise Group as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its compelling growth in net income, attractive valuation levels, expanding profit margins, good cash flow from operations and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results. Get the full Public Service Enterprise Group Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Duke Energy Corporation ( DUK) is up $0.96 (1.3%) to $75.40 on average volume. Thus far, 2.1 million shares of Duke Energy Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $74.22-$75.80 after having opened the day at $74.36 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $74.44.

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Duke Energy Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, operates as an energy company in the United States and Latin America. It operates through three segments: Regulated Utilities, International Energy, and Commercial Power. Duke Energy Corporation has a market cap of $52.8 billion and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are down 8.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 5 analysts who rate Duke Energy Corporation a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 9 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Duke Energy Corporation as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its compelling growth in net income, expanding profit margins, growth in earnings per share, reasonable valuation levels and notable return on equity. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated. Get the full Duke Energy Corporation 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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