Two out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 14 points (-0.1%) at 16,898 as of Thursday, Oct. 8, 2015, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,961 issues advancing vs. 1,038 declining with 137 unchanged.

The Electronics industry currently sits up 0.3% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.8%. Top gainers within the industry include Altera ( ALTR), up 1.7%, Emerson Electric ( EMR), up 1.6%, Eaton ( ETN), up 1.5%, Micron Technology ( MU), up 1.3% and ASML ( ASML), up 0.6%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Linear Technology ( LLTC), down 4.2%, Avago Technologies ( AVGO), down 3.6%, Qorvo ( QRVO), down 2.6%, Advanced Semiconductor Engineering ( ASX), down 2.0% and Hanwha Q CELLS ( HQCL), down 1.9%.

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

3. Roper Technologies ( ROP) is one of the companies pushing the Electronics industry higher today. As of noon trading, Roper Technologies is up $3.76 (2.2%) to $171.52 on average volume. Thus far, 311,675 shares of Roper Technologies exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 461,100 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $166.03-$171.65 after having opened the day at $167.14 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $167.76.

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Roper Technologies, Inc., a diversified technology company, designs and develops software (both license and software-as-a-service), and engineered products and solutions for healthcare, transportation, food, energy, water, education, and academic research markets worldwide. Roper Technologies has a market cap of $16.6 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 25.0, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 24.9. Shares are up 7.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 5 analysts who rate Roper Technologies a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Roper Technologies as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, expanding profit margins, good cash flow from operations and solid stock price performance. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity. Get the full Roper Technologies Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Acuity Brands ( AYI) is up $9.01 (4.9%) to $191.89 on heavy volume. Thus far, 510,072 shares of Acuity Brands exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 455,500 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $180.93-$194.55 after having opened the day at $180.93 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $182.88.

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Acuity Brands, Inc. designs, produces, and distributes lighting solutions, components, and services for commercial, institutional, industrial, infrastructure, and residential applications in North America and internationally. Acuity Brands has a market cap of $7.7 billion and is part of the technology sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 35.4, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 24.9. Shares are up 30.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 8 analysts who rate Acuity Brands a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Acuity Brands as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income and expanding profit margins. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company is trading at a premium valuation based on our review of its current price compared to such things as earnings and book value. Get the full Acuity Brands Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Applied Materials ( AMAT) is up $0.16 (1.1%) to $15.56 on light volume. Thus far, 5.3 million shares of Applied Materials exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 17.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $15.33-$15.58 after having opened the day at $15.39 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $15.39.

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Applied Materials, Inc. provides manufacturing equipment, services, and software to the semiconductor, flat panel display, solar photovoltaic (PV), and related industries worldwide. Applied Materials has a market cap of $18.3 billion and is part of the technology sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 14.5, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 24.9. Shares are down 38.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 11 analysts who rate Applied Materials a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Applied Materials as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, growth in earnings per share, increase in net income and reasonable valuation levels. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full Applied Materials 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 electronics industry could consider iShares Dow Jones US Technology ( IYW) while those bearish on the electronics industry could consider ProShares Ultra Short Semiconductor ( SSG).