Two out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 6 points (0.0%) at 17,753 as of Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2015, 11:55 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,244 issues advancing vs. 1,682 declining with 165 unchanged.

The Utilities sector currently sits down 0.6% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.1%. Top gainers within the sector include Korea Electric Power ( KEP), up 0.9%, Duke Energy Corporation ( DUK), up 0.8%, Southern ( SO), up 0.7% and Xcel Energy ( XEL), up 0.7%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include SolarCity ( SCTY), down 7.7%, ONEOK ( OKE), down 4.0%, Western Gas Equity Partners ( WGP), down 3.4%, TransCanada ( TRP), down 2.4% and Praxair ( PX), down 0.8%.

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

3. Entergy ( ETR) is one of the companies pushing the Utilities sector higher today. As of noon trading, Entergy is up $0.64 (1.0%) to $65.49 on average volume. Thus far, 713,055 shares of Entergy exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $64.71-$66.04 after having opened the day at $65.13 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $64.85.

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Entergy Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, engages in the electric power production and retail electric distribution operations in the United States. It operates in two segments, Utility and Entergy Wholesale Commodities. Entergy has a market cap of $11.6 billion and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are down 25.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there is 1 analyst who rates Entergy a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 11 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Entergy as a hold. The company's strongest point has been its expanding profit margins. At the same time, however, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, generally higher debt management risk and disappointing return on equity. Get the full Entergy Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, FirstEnergy ( FE) is up $0.37 (1.3%) to $29.85 on average volume. Thus far, 1.5 million shares of FirstEnergy exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $29.48-$30.06 after having opened the day at $29.48 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $29.48.

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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 $12.3 billion and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are down 24.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. 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 revenue growth, good cash flow from operations and increase in net income. 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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1. As of noon trading, PPL ( PPL) is up $0.52 (1.6%) to $33.80 on light volume. Thus far, 1.4 million shares of PPL exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $33.38-$33.86 after having opened the day at $33.43 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $33.28.

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PPL Corporation, a utility company, delivers electricity and natural gas in the United States and the United Kingdom. It serves 321,000 natural gas and 397,000 electric customers in Louisville and 16 surrounding counties; and 543,000 customers in 77 Kentucky counties and 5 counties in Virginia. PPL has a market cap of $22.2 billion and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are down 8.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 8 analysts who rate PPL a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates PPL as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its notable return on equity, increase in stock price during the past year and expanding profit margins. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full PPL 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).