All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 59 points (0.3%) at 17,066 as of Monday, March 7, 2016, 11:55 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,929 issues advancing vs. 976 declining with 157 unchanged.

The Industrial Goods sector currently sits up 1.5% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.1%. Top gainers within the sector include Cemex SAB de CV ( CX), up 4.2%, Martin Marietta Materials ( MLM), up 4.0%, Caterpillar ( CAT), up 3.4%, Embraer ( ERJ), up 3.2% and Cummins ( CMI), up 2.9%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Mohawk Industries ( MHK), down 2.4%, Northrop Grumman ( NOC), down 1.2%, Honeywell International ( HON), down 0.6%, Danaher ( DHR), down 0.6% and Raytheon ( RTN), down 0.6%.

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

3. Pentair ( PNR) is one of the companies pushing the Industrial Goods sector higher today. As of noon trading, Pentair is up $1.35 (2.7%) to $51.89 on light volume. Thus far, 404,845 shares of Pentair exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $50.25-$52.06 after having opened the day at $50.25 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $50.54.

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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 $9.2 billion and is part of the industrial industry. Shares are up 2.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. 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 deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity and a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself. Get the full Pentair Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Dover ( DOV) is up $1.15 (1.8%) to $64.35 on light volume. Thus far, 422,793 shares of Dover exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $62.95-$64.37 after having opened the day at $63.01 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $63.20.

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Dover Corporation manufactures and sells a range of equipment and components, specialty systems, and support services in the United States and internationally. The company operates in four segments: Energy, Engineered Systems, Fluids, and Refrigeration & Food Equipment. Dover has a market cap of $9.7 billion and is part of the industrial industry. Shares are up 3.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 3 analysts who rate Dover a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 11 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Dover 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 and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including weak operating cash flow, feeble growth in the company's earnings per share and disappointing return on equity. Get the full Dover Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Boeing ( BA) is up $0.97 (0.8%) to $122.04 on light volume. Thus far, 1.1 million shares of Boeing exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $120.57-$122.43 after having opened the day at $120.92 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $121.07.

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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 $79.2 billion and is part of the aerospace/defense industry. Shares are down 16.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 7 analysts who rate Boeing a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 7 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 sub par growth in net income. 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).