All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 138 points (0.8%) at 17,628 as of Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2015, 11:55 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 2,048 issues advancing vs. 870 declining with 189 unchanged.

The Utilities sector currently sits down 0.1% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.8%. Top gainers within the sector include Centrais Eletricas Brasileiras ( EBR.B), up 4.6%, TransCanada ( TRP), up 1.3%, Duke Energy Corporation ( DUK), up 0.8% and Exelon ( EXC), up 0.8%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include EQT ( EQT), down 2.1%, Empresa Nacional de Electricidad ( EOC), down 1.3%, Dominion Resources ( DCUB), down 1.0%, Dominion Resources ( DCUA), down 0.7% and American Electric Power ( AEP), down 0.6%.

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

3. Western Gas Equity Partners ( WGP) is one of the companies pushing the Utilities sector higher today. As of noon trading, Western Gas Equity Partners is up $0.57 (1.4%) to $40.50 on light volume. Thus far, 58,921 shares of Western Gas Equity Partners exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 249,300 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $39.80-$40.84 after having opened the day at $39.99 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $39.93.

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Western Gas Equity Partners, LP engages in gathering, processing, compressing, treating, and transporting natural gas, condensate, natural gas liquids, and crude oil in the United States. Western Gas Equity Partners has a market cap of $8.8 billion and is part of the energy industry. Shares are down 33.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 6 analysts who rate Western Gas Equity Partners a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Western Gas Equity Partners as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself and generally high debt management risk. Get the full Western Gas Equity Partners Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Companhia De Saneamento Basico Do Estado De ( SBS) is up $0.17 (3.6%) to $4.93 on light volume. Thus far, 434,367 shares of Companhia De Saneamento Basico Do Estado De exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $4.80-$4.94 after having opened the day at $4.81 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $4.76.

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Companhia de Saneamento Basico do Estado de Sao Paulo - SABESP provides basic and environmental sanitation services; and supplies treated water on a wholesale basis to residential, commercial, industrial, and governmental customers in the state of Sao Paulo. Companhia De Saneamento Basico Do Estado De has a market cap of $3.3 billion and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are down 24.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 2 analysts who rate Companhia De Saneamento Basico Do Estado De a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Companhia De Saneamento Basico Do Estado De as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its compelling growth in net income, notable return on equity and reasonable valuation levels. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself and weak operating cash flow. Get the full Companhia De Saneamento Basico Do Estado De Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, ONEOK ( OKE) is up $0.89 (3.1%) to $29.35 on light volume. Thus far, 882,589 shares of ONEOK exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $28.59-$29.87 after having opened the day at $28.63 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $28.46.

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ONEOK, Inc., through its general partner interests in ONEOK Partners, L.P., engages in the gathering, processing, storage, and transportation of natural gas in the United States. ONEOK has a market cap of $6.2 billion and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are down 42.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 3 analysts who rate ONEOK a buy, 3 analysts rate it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates ONEOK as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in net income, notable return on equity and good cash flow from operations. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including generally higher debt management risk, a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself and poor profit margins. Get the full ONEOK 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).