All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 68 points (0.4%) at 17,319 as of Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2015, 11:55 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,948 issues advancing vs. 970 declining with 162 unchanged.

The Utilities sector currently sits up 1.0% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.4%. Top gainers within the sector include Korea Electric Power ( KEP), up 1.5%, and Exelon ( EXC), up 0.5%. A company within the sector that fell today was SolarCity ( SCTY), up 5.1%.

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

3. ONEOK ( OKE) is one of the companies pushing the Utilities sector higher today. As of noon trading, ONEOK is up $1.59 (7.3%) to $23.44 on heavy volume. Thus far, 2.3 million shares of ONEOK exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $21.48-$23.54 after having opened the day at $21.56 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $21.85.

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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 $4.0 billion and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are down 56.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 3 analysts who rate ONEOK a buy, 3 analysts rate it a sell, and 6 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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2. As of noon trading, American Electric Power ( AEP) is up $0.29 (0.5%) to $56.84 on light volume. Thus far, 849,944 shares of American Electric Power exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $56.22-$56.97 after having opened the day at $56.70 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $56.55.

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American Electric Power Company, Inc., a public utility holding company, engages in the generation, transmission, and distribution of electricity for sale to retail and wholesale customers. American Electric Power has a market cap of $27.6 billion and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are down 6.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 9 analysts who rate American Electric Power a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates American Electric Power as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, growth in earnings per share, increase in net income, good cash flow from operations and attractive valuation levels. 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 American Electric Power Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Duke Energy Corporation ( DUK) is up $0.56 (0.8%) to $70.37 on light volume. Thus far, 919,192 shares of Duke Energy Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $69.66-$70.59 after having opened the day at $70.35 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $69.81.

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Duke Energy Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, operates as an energy company in the United States and Latin America. It operates through three segments: Regulated Utilities, International Energy, and Commercial Power. Duke Energy Corporation has a market cap of $47.9 billion and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are down 16.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 6 analysts who rate Duke Energy Corporation a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 9 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Duke Energy Corporation as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, expanding profit margins and growth in earnings per share. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself. Get the full Duke Energy Corporation 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).