Today's Top Performers In Utilities

All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 195 points (-1.1%) at 16,964 as of Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2016, 11:55 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 842 issues advancing vs. 2,118 declining with 157 unchanged.

The Utilities sector currently sits down 0.3% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.7%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include NRG Energy ( NRG), down 6.6%, ONEOK ( OKE), down 4.3%, TransCanada ( TRP), down 2.1% and Western Gas Equity Partners ( WGP), down 1.8%.

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

3. Huaneng Power International ( HNP) is one of the companies pushing the Utilities sector higher today. As of noon trading, Huaneng Power International is up $0.97 (2.8%) to $35.15 on average volume. Thus far, 39,490 shares of Huaneng Power International exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 71,800 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $34.86-$35.21 after having opened the day at $34.99 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $34.18.

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Huaneng Power International, Inc., an independent power producer, generates and sells electricity and heat to the regional or provincial grid companies in the People's Republic of China and Singapore. Huaneng Power International has a market cap of $11.7 billion and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are down 0.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there is 1 analyst who rates Huaneng Power International a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Huaneng Power International as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its growth in earnings per share, compelling growth in net income and notable return on equity. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including generally higher debt management risk and a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself. Get the full Huaneng Power International Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Korea Electric Power ( KEP) is up $0.12 (0.6%) to $21.30 on light volume. Thus far, 83,357 shares of Korea Electric Power exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 238,700 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $20.92-$21.30 after having opened the day at $20.92 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $21.18.

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Korea Electric Power Corporation, integrated electric utility company, generates, transmits, and distributes electricity in Korea and internationally. Korea Electric Power has a market cap of $26.9 billion and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are up 0.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there is 1 analyst who rates Korea Electric Power a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Korea Electric Power as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth and compelling growth in net income. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that revenues have generally been declining. Get the full Korea Electric Power Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Xcel Energy ( XEL) is up $0.28 (0.8%) to $36.34 on average volume. Thus far, 1.9 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 $35.74-$36.38 after having opened the day at $35.75 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $36.06.

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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 $18.1 billion and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are up 0.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 4 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 revenue growth, growth in earnings per share, increase in net income, good cash flow from operations and expanding profit margins. 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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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).

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