All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 18 points (-0.1%) at 16,848 as of Wednesday, March 2, 2016, 11:55 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,599 issues advancing vs. 1,307 declining with 169 unchanged.

The Industrial industry currently sits up 1.0% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.1%. Top gainers within the industry include Nidec ( NJ), up 4.4%, Deere ( DE), up 1.2% and Caterpillar ( CAT), up 0.6%. A company within the industry that fell today was Eaton ( ETN), up 0.8%.

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

3. Middleby ( MIDD) is one of the companies pushing the Industrial industry higher today. As of noon trading, Middleby is up $2.84 (3.0%) to $97.72 on average volume. Thus far, 370,144 shares of Middleby exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 513,600 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $93.06-$99.60 after having opened the day at $95.16 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $94.88.

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The Middleby Corporation designs, manufactures, markets, distributes, and services commercial foodservice and food processing, and residential kitchen equipment in the United States, Canada, Asia, Europe, the Middle East, and Latin America. Middleby has a market cap of $5.3 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are down 12.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 4 analysts who rate Middleby a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Middleby as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and expanding profit margins. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself. Get the full Middleby Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Pentair ( PNR) is up $0.83 (1.7%) to $49.99 on average volume. Thus far, 711,717 shares of Pentair exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $48.77-$50.00 after having opened the day at $48.99 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $49.16.

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Pentair plc operates as a diversified industrial manufacturing company in the United States, Europe, and internationally. The company operates through Valves & Controls, Technical Solutions, Flow & Filtration Solutions, and Water Quality Systems segments. Pentair has a market cap of $8.6 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are down 0.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there is 1 analyst who rates Pentair a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 14 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Pentair as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its good cash flow from operations, expanding profit margins and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including disappointing return on equity, unimpressive growth in net income and a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself. Get the full Pentair Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Parker Hannifin ( PH) is up $1.24 (1.2%) to $105.81 on light volume. Thus far, 566,721 shares of Parker Hannifin exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $103.83-$105.92 after having opened the day at $104.16 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $104.57.

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Parker-Hannifin Corporation manufactures and sells motion and control technologies and systems for various mobile, industrial, and aerospace markets worldwide. The company operates in two segments, Diversified Industrial and Aerospace Systems. Parker Hannifin has a market cap of $13.7 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are up 7.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 2 analysts who rate Parker Hannifin a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 11 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Parker Hannifin as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, reasonable valuation levels and good cash flow from operations. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including poor profit margins, a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself and deteriorating net income. Get the full Parker Hannifin 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 industry could consider SPDR Dow Jones Industrial Average ( DIA) while those bearish on the industrial industry could consider ProShares UltraShort Industrials ( SIJ).