One out of the three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 26 points (-0.2%) at 17,225 as of Wednesday, March 16, 2016, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,758 issues advancing vs. 1,148 declining with 164 unchanged.

The Industrial Goods sector currently sits up 0.5% versus the S&P 500, which is unchanged. Top gainers within the sector include Chicago Bridge & Iron ( CBI), up 3.9%, ABB ( ABB), up 1.8%, Rockwell Automation ( ROK), up 0.9% and Caterpillar ( CAT), up 0.6%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Lennox International ( LII), down 2.5%, CNH Industrial ( CNHI), down 1.7%, Nidec ( NJ), down 0.9% and Danaher ( DHR), down 0.5%.

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 $0.64 (1.3%) to $50.89 on light volume. Thus far, 426,359 shares of Pentair exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $50.10-$51.19 after having opened the day at $50.22 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $50.25.

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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 $9.1 billion and is part of the industrial industry. Shares are up 1.4% 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 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 $0.81 (1.3%) to $62.30 on light volume. Thus far, 613,139 shares of Dover exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $61.41-$62.59 after having opened the day at $61.53 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $61.49.

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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 0.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. 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, United Technologies ( UTX) is up $0.53 (0.6%) to $96.82 on light volume. Thus far, 1.2 million shares of United Technologies exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 7.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $96.00-$97.27 after having opened the day at $96.30 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $96.29.

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United Technologies Corporation provides technology products and services to building systems and aerospace industries worldwide. United Technologies has a market cap of $81.0 billion and is part of the aerospace/defense industry. Shares are up 0.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 7 analysts who rate United Technologies a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

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