Two out of the three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 22 points (0.1%) at 17,430 as of Friday, Aug. 14, 2015, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,691 issues advancing vs. 1,250 declining with 211 unchanged.

The Utilities sector currently sits up 0.2% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.2%. Top gainers within the sector include TransCanada ( TRP), up 0.9%, Public Service Enterprise Group ( PEG), up 0.7% and PG&E ( PCG), up 0.6%.

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

3. Huaneng Power International ( HNP) is one of the companies pushing the Utilities sector higher today. As of noon trading, Huaneng Power International is up $0.42 (0.9%) to $47.87 on average volume. Thus far, 21,091 shares of Huaneng Power International exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 55,800 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $47.61-$47.96 after having opened the day at $47.61 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $47.45.

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Huaneng Power International, Inc., an independent power producer, generates and sells electricity and heat to the regional or provincial grid companies in the People's Republic of China and Singapore. Huaneng Power International has a market cap of $17.2 billion and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are down 12.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there is 1 analyst who rates Huaneng Power International a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Huaneng Power International as a sell. Among the areas we feel are negative, one of the most important has been very high debt management risk by most measures. Get the full Huaneng Power International Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Companhia De Saneamento Basico Do Estado De ( SBS) is up $0.16 (3.7%) to $4.49 on light volume. Thus far, 708,936 shares of Companhia De Saneamento Basico Do Estado De exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $4.38-$4.55 after having opened the day at $4.38 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $4.33.

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Companhia de Saneamento Basico do Estado de Sao Paulo - SABESP provides basic and environmental sanitation services; and supplies treated water on a wholesale basis to residential, commercial, industrial, and governmental customers in the state of Sao Paulo. Companhia De Saneamento Basico Do Estado De has a market cap of $3.1 billion and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are down 31.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 2 analysts who rate Companhia De Saneamento Basico Do Estado De a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Companhia De Saneamento Basico Do Estado De as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its compelling growth in net income, notable return on equity and reasonable valuation levels. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself and weak operating cash flow. Get the full Companhia De Saneamento Basico Do Estado De Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Calpine ( CPN) is up $0.44 (2.6%) to $17.46 on average volume. Thus far, 2.9 million shares of Calpine exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $17.14-$17.61 after having opened the day at $17.14 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $17.02.

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Calpine Corporation, a wholesale power generation company, owns and operates natural gas-fired and geothermal power plants in North America. It operates natural gas-fired combustion turbines and renewable geothermal conventional steam turbines. Calpine has a market cap of $6.2 billion and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are down 23.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 7 analysts who rate Calpine a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Calpine as a hold. Among the primary strengths of the company is its respectable return on equity which we feel is likely to continue. At the same time, however, we also find weaknesses including unimpressive growth in net income, generally higher debt management risk and weak operating cash flow. Get the full Calpine 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).