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Two out of the three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 9 points (0.0%) at 17,542 as of Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2015, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,510 issues advancing vs. 1,477 declining with 142 unchanged.

The Utilities sector currently sits up 0.2% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.3%. Top gainers within the sector include Sempra Energy ( SRE), up 1.8%, Dominion Resources ( D), up 1.5% and Public Service Enterprise Group ( PEG), up 1.2%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Centrais Eletricas Brasileiras ( EBR.B), down 4.5%, Western Gas Equity Partners ( WGP), down 1.1% and Entergy ( ETR), down 0.8%.

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

3. Dominion Resources ( DCUA) is one of the companies pushing the Utilities sector higher today. As of noon trading, Dominion Resources is up $0.52 (0.9%) to $56.13 on light volume. Thus far, 2,510 shares of Dominion Resources exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 75,500 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $55.46-$56.44 after having opened the day at $55.46 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $55.61.

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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 $32.6 billion and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are down 7.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Dominion Resources as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in net income, expanding profit margins and good cash flow from operations. 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 premium valuation. Get the full Dominion Resources Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, NRG Energy ( NRG) is up $0.42 (2.1%) to $20.46 on heavy volume. Thus far, 3.1 million shares of NRG Energy exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $19.95-$20.96 after having opened the day at $20.06 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $20.04.

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NRG Energy, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, operates as a power company. NRG Energy has a market cap of $7.4 billion and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are down 25.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 6 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 revenue growth and notable return on equity. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself, unimpressive growth in net income and generally higher debt management risk. Get the full NRG Energy Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, FirstEnergy ( FE) is up $0.32 (1.0%) to $33.67 on average volume. Thus far, 897,358 shares of FirstEnergy exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $33.47-$33.94 after having opened the day at $33.49 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $33.35.

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FirstEnergy Corp., through its subsidiaries, generates, transmits, and distributes electricity in the United States. The company operates through Regulated Distribution, Regulated Transmission, and Competitive Energy Services segments. FirstEnergy has a market cap of $14.5 billion and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are down 13.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 5 analysts who rate FirstEnergy a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates FirstEnergy as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in net income, good cash flow from operations, growth in earnings per share and increase in stock price during the past year. 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 FirstEnergy 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).