Two out of the three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 28 points (0.2%) at 17,783 as of Friday, Oct. 30, 2015, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,543 issues advancing vs. 1,349 declining with 225 unchanged.

The Utilities sector currently sits up 0.5% versus the S&P 500, which is unchanged. Top gainers within the sector include PG&E ( PCG), up 2.2%, Western Gas Equity Partners ( WGP), up 2.2%, PPL ( PPL), up 1.6% and American Electric Power ( AEP), up 0.9%. A company within the sector that fell today was Praxair ( PX), up 0.8%.

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

3. FirstEnergy ( FE) is one of the companies pushing the Utilities sector higher today. As of noon trading, FirstEnergy is up $0.40 (1.3%) to $31.22 on average volume. Thus far, 2.0 million shares of FirstEnergy exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $30.81-$31.49 after having opened the day at $31.18 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $30.82.

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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 $13.2 billion and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are down 20.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 5 analysts who rate FirstEnergy a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates FirstEnergy as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in net income, growth in earnings per share 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 disappointing return on equity. Get the full FirstEnergy Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Xcel Energy ( XEL) is up $0.34 (1.0%) to $35.88 on light volume. Thus far, 1.1 million shares of Xcel Energy exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $35.54-$35.89 after having opened the day at $35.63 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $35.54.

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Xcel Energy Inc., through its subsidiaries, engages primarily in the generation, purchase, transmission, distribution, and sale of electricity in the United States. It operates through Regulated Electric Utility, Regulated Natural Gas Utility, and All Other segments. Xcel Energy has a market cap of $18.6 billion and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are down 1.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 5 analysts who rate Xcel Energy a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Xcel Energy 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 and solid stock price performance. 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 Xcel Energy Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, NextEra Energy ( NEE) is up $0.98 (1.0%) to $102.76 on light volume. Thus far, 926,383 shares of NextEra Energy exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $101.53-$102.76 after having opened the day at $101.96 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $101.78.

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NextEra Energy, Inc., through its subsidiaries, generates, transmits, and distributes electric energy in the United States and Canada. The company generates electricity from gas, oil, solar, coal, petroleum coke, nuclear, and wind sources. NextEra Energy has a market cap of $47.1 billion and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are down 4.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 11 analysts who rate NextEra Energy a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates NextEra Energy as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, notable return on equity, expanding profit margins, good cash flow from operations and impressive record of earnings per share growth. 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 NextEra 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).