All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 93 points (0.5%) at 17,674 as of Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2015, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 2,445 issues advancing vs. 542 declining with 141 unchanged.

The Utilities sector currently sits up 1.2% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.7%. Top gainers within the sector include Huaneng Power International ( HNP), up 2.9%, Praxair ( PX), up 0.9% and Exelon ( EXC), up 0.6%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Xcel Energy ( XEL), down 1.2%, DTE Energy ( DTE), down 1.1%, WEC Energy Group ( WEC), down 1.0%, Consolidated Edison ( ED), down 0.9% and Duke Energy Corporation ( DUK), down 0.8%.

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

3. AES Corporation ( AES) is one of the companies pushing the Utilities sector higher today. As of noon trading, AES Corporation is up $0.24 (2.2%) to $11.11 on light volume. Thus far, 2.3 million shares of AES Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $10.81-$11.17 after having opened the day at $10.88 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $10.87.

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The AES Corporation operates as a diversified power generation and utility company. It owns and/or operates power plants to generate and sell power to customers, such as utilities, industrial users, and other intermediaries. AES Corporation has a market cap of $7.4 billion and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are down 21.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 5 analysts who rate AES Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates AES Corporation 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 a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself. Get the full AES Corporation Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Pepco Holdings ( POM) is up $0.84 (3.2%) to $26.79 on heavy volume. Thus far, 3.2 million shares of Pepco Holdings exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $25.45-$26.89 after having opened the day at $25.94 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $25.95.

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Pepco Holdings, Inc., through its subsidiaries, engages in the transmission, distribution, and supply of electricity. The company also distributes and supplies natural gas. Pepco Holdings has a market cap of $6.7 billion and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are down 3.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are no analysts who rate Pepco Holdings a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Pepco Holdings as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, growth in earnings per share and increase in net income. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself. Get the full Pepco Holdings Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, NRG Energy ( NRG) is up $0.49 (3.9%) to $13.14 on average volume. Thus far, 2.8 million shares of NRG Energy exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 7.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $12.65-$13.34 after having opened the day at $12.66 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $12.65.

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NRG Energy, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, operates as a power company. NRG Energy has a market cap of $4.3 billion and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are down 53.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 5 analysts who rate NRG Energy a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates NRG Energy as a hold. 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 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 poor profit margins. Get the full NRG Energy 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).