All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 28 points (-0.2%) at 16,426 as of Thursday, Feb. 18, 2016, 11:55 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,380 issues advancing vs. 1,516 declining with 148 unchanged.

The Industrial Goods sector currently sits down 0.2% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.3%. Top gainers within the sector include Nidec ( NJ), up 1.7%, and Emerson Electric ( EMR), up 1.7%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Boise Cascade ( BCC), down 22.7%, Cemex SAB de CV ( CX), down 4.6%, Weyerhaeuser ( WY), down 1.5% and Sherwin-Williams ( SHW), down 1.1%.

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

3. General Dynamics ( GD) is one of the companies pushing the Industrial Goods sector higher today. As of noon trading, General Dynamics is up $0.69 (0.5%) to $135.72 on light volume. Thus far, 463,429 shares of General Dynamics exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $134.20-$136.09 after having opened the day at $134.62 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $135.03.

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General Dynamics Corporation operates as aerospace and defense company worldwide. It operates through four business groups: Aerospace; Combat Systems; Information Systems and Technology; and Marine Systems. General Dynamics has a market cap of $40.9 billion and is part of the aerospace/defense industry. Shares are down 1.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 12 analysts who rate General Dynamics a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates General Dynamics as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its growth in earnings per share, increase in net income, reasonable valuation levels, good cash flow from operations and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full General Dynamics Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Northrop Grumman ( NOC) is up $2.52 (1.3%) to $192.58 on light volume. Thus far, 479,952 shares of Northrop Grumman exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $190.01-$193.75 after having opened the day at $190.70 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $190.06.

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Northrop Grumman Corporation, a security company, provides systems, products, and solutions in aerospace, electronics, information systems, and technical service areas to government and commercial customers worldwide. Northrop Grumman has a market cap of $33.3 billion and is part of the aerospace/defense industry. Shares are up 0.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 6 analysts who rate Northrop Grumman a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Northrop Grumman as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, good cash flow from operations, notable return on equity, reasonable valuation levels and growth in earnings per share. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full Northrop Grumman Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Boeing ( BA) is up $0.90 (0.8%) to $117.24 on average volume. Thus far, 3.1 million shares of Boeing exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $116.68-$118.23 after having opened the day at $116.94 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $116.34.

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The Boeing Company, together with its subsidiaries, designs, develops, manufactures, sells, services, and supports commercial jetliners, military aircraft, satellites, missile defense, human space flight, and launch systems and services worldwide. Boeing has a market cap of $74.6 billion and is part of the aerospace/defense industry. Shares are down 19.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 7 analysts who rate Boeing a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Boeing as a buy. Among the primary strengths of the company is its respectable return on equity which we feel is likely to continue. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself. Get the full Boeing 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 industrial goods sector could consider Industrial Select Sector SPDR ( XLI) while those bearish on the industrial goods sector could consider ProShares Short Dow 30 ( DOG).