One out of the three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 8 points (0.0%) at 17,223 as of Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2015, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,678 issues advancing vs. 1,268 declining with 204 unchanged.

The Telecommunications industry currently is unchanged today versus the S&P 500, which is up 1657.1%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Telecom Italia SpA ( TI), down 3.0%, America Movil SAB de CV ( AMOV), down 2.7% and Telecom Italia SpA ( TI.A), down 2.4%.

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

3. BT Group ( BT) is one of the companies pushing the Telecommunications industry higher today. As of noon trading, BT Group is up $1.28 (1.9%) to $67.60 on average volume. Thus far, 62,929 shares of BT Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 121,400 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $67.29-$67.81 after having opened the day at $67.41 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $66.32.

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BT Group plc provides communications services worldwide. BT Group has a market cap of $55.8 billion and is part of the technology sector. Shares are up 7.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 3 analysts who rate BT Group a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates BT Group as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its notable return on equity, solid stock price performance, increase in net income and growth in earnings per share. 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 BT Group Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Nippon Telegraph & Telephone ( NTT) is up $1.29 (3.6%) to $37.54 on heavy volume. Thus far, 460,822 shares of Nippon Telegraph & Telephone exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 317,300 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $37.50-$37.73 after having opened the day at $37.59 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $36.25.

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Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation is a holding company. The company, through its subsidiaries, provides fixed and mobile voice related services, IP/packet communications services, telecommunications equipment, and system integration in Japan. Nippon Telegraph & Telephone has a market cap of $76.7 billion and is part of the technology sector. Shares are up 41.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there is 1 analyst who rates Nippon Telegraph & Telephone a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Nippon Telegraph & Telephone as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, increase in net income, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, attractive valuation levels and growth in earnings per share. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity. Get the full Nippon Telegraph & Telephone Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Verizon Communications ( VZ) is up $0.73 (1.6%) to $45.43 on average volume. Thus far, 10.2 million shares of Verizon Communications exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 15.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $44.79-$45.80 after having opened the day at $44.91 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $44.70.

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Verizon Communications Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides communications, information, and entertainment products and services to consumers, businesses, and governmental agencies worldwide. Verizon Communications has a market cap of $181.7 billion and is part of the technology sector. Shares are down 4.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 15 analysts who rate Verizon Communications a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Verizon Communications as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, increase in net income, good cash flow from operations, expanding profit margins and growth in earnings per share. 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 Verizon Communications 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 telecommunications industry could consider iShares Dow Jones US Telecom ( IYZ) while those bearish on the telecommunications industry could consider ProShares Ult Sht Telecommunication ( TLL).