Today's Top Performers In Utilities

One out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 4 points (0.0%) at 17,606 as of Monday, March 21, 2016, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,224 issues advancing vs. 1,702 declining with 158 unchanged.

The Utilities sector currently sits down 0.2% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.1%. Top gainers within the sector include Empresa Nacional de Electricidad ( EOC), up 1.7%, and FirstEnergy ( FE), up 0.5%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Calpine ( CPN), down 2.7%, Western Gas Equity Partners ( WGP), down 2.0%, Huaneng Power International ( HNP), down 1.7% and TransCanada ( TRP), down 1.2%.

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

3. Energy Company of Parana ( ELP) is one of the companies pushing the Utilities sector higher today. As of noon trading, Energy Company of Parana is up $0.40 (5.1%) to $8.21 on average volume. Thus far, 212,191 shares of Energy Company of Parana exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 409,900 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $7.77-$8.23 after having opened the day at $7.78 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $7.81.

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Companhia Paranaense de Energia - COPEL engages in the generation, transmission, distribution, and sale of electricity to industrial, residential, commercial, rural, and other customers primarily in the State of Parana, Brazil. Energy Company of Parana has a market cap of $2.1 billion and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are up 33.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there is 1 analyst who rates Energy Company of Parana a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Energy Company of Parana 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 reasonable valuation levels. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity and weak operating cash flow. Get the full Energy Company of Parana Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Korea Electric Power ( KEP) is up $0.14 (0.6%) to $25.59 on average volume. Thus far, 217,323 shares of Korea Electric Power exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 452,200 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $25.46-$25.68 after having opened the day at $25.46 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $25.45.

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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 $32.4 billion and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are up 20.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are no analysts who rate Korea Electric Power a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Korea Electric Power as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, compelling growth in net income, solid stock price performance and impressive record of earnings per share growth. Although no company is perfect, currently we do not see any significant weaknesses which are likely to detract from the generally positive outlook. Get the full Korea Electric Power Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, TerraForm Power ( TERP) is up $0.65 (7.5%) to $9.34 on light volume. Thus far, 868,611 shares of TerraForm Power exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $8.66-$9.38 after having opened the day at $8.89 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $8.69.

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TerraForm Power, Inc. owns and operates solar and wind generation assets serving utility, commercial, and residential customers. TerraForm Power has a market cap of $1.3 billion and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are down 30.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 4 analysts who rate TerraForm Power a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates TerraForm Power as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its deteriorating net income and generally high debt management risk. Get the full TerraForm Power 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).