All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 41 points (0.2%) at 17,692 as of Thursday, May 5, 2016, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,523 issues advancing vs. 1,363 declining with 169 unchanged. The Utilities sector currently is unchanged today versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.2%. Top gainers within the sector include TransAlta ( TAC), up 6.3%, ONEOK ( OKE), up 2.2%, Brookfield Renewable Energy Partners ( BEP), up 1.4% and Exelon ( EXC), up 1.2%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include SolarCity ( SCTY), down 4.2%, Western Gas Equity Partners ( WGP), down 2.0% and Dominion Resources ( D), down 0.9%. TheStreet would like to highlight 3 stocks pushing the sector higher today: 3. NRG Energy ( NRG) is one of the companies pushing the Utilities sector higher today. As of noon trading, NRG Energy is up $0.36 (2.4%) to $14.98 on average volume. Thus far, 4.0 million shares of NRG Energy exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $14.79-$15.68 after having opened the day at $15.03 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $14.62. EXCLUSIVE OFFER: See inside Jim Cramer's multi-million dollar charitable trust portfolio to see the stocks he thinks could be potential winners. Click here to see his holdings for 14-days FREE. NRG Energy, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, operates as a power company. NRG Energy has a market cap of $4.4 billion and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are up 24.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 6 analysts who rate NRG Energy a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold. TheStreet Ratings rates NRG Energy as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its deteriorating net income, generally high debt management risk, disappointing return on equity, weak operating cash flow and generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself. Get the full NRG Energy Ratings Report now. EXCLUSIVE OFFER: See inside Jim Cramer's multi-million dollar charitable trust portfolio to see the stocks he thinks could be potential winners. Click here to see his holdings for 14-days FREE.

2. As of noon trading, EQT ( EQT) is up $0.99 (1.4%) to $69.18 on light volume. Thus far, 724,873 shares of EQT exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $69.07-$70.46 after having opened the day at $69.51 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $68.19. EXCLUSIVE OFFER: See inside Jim Cramer's multi-million dollar charitable trust portfolio to see the stocks he thinks could be potential winners. Click here to see his holdings for 14-days FREE. EQT Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, operates as an integrated energy company in the United States. It operates through two segments, EQT Production and EQT Midstream. EQT has a market cap of $10.9 billion and is part of the energy industry. Shares are up 30.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 8 analysts who rate EQT a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold. TheStreet Ratings rates EQT as a hold. Among the primary strengths of the company is its expanding profit margins over time. At the same time, however, we also find weaknesses including feeble growth in the company's earnings per share, deteriorating net income and a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself. Get the full EQT Ratings Report now. EXCLUSIVE OFFER: See inside Jim Cramer's multi-million dollar charitable trust portfolio to see the stocks he thinks could be potential winners. Click here to see his holdings for 14-days FREE.

1. As of noon trading, Targa Resources ( TRGP) is up $0.63 (1.6%) to $39.77 on light volume. Thus far, 1.2 million shares of Targa Resources exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $39.40-$40.93 after having opened the day at $40.08 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $39.14. EXCLUSIVE OFFER: See inside Jim Cramer's multi-million dollar charitable trust portfolio to see the stocks he thinks could be potential winners. Click here to see his holdings for 14-days FREE. Targa Resources Corp., through its general and limited partner interests in Targa Resources Partners LP, provides midstream natural gas and natural gas liquid (NGL) services in the United States. The company operates in two divisions, Gathering and Processing, and Logistics and Marketing. Targa Resources has a market cap of $6.1 billion and is part of the energy industry. Shares are up 44.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 4 analysts who rate Targa Resources a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 10 rate it a hold. TheStreet Ratings rates Targa Resources as a hold. The company's strongest point has been its expanding profit margins. At the same time, however, we also find weaknesses including feeble growth in the company's earnings per share, deteriorating net income and a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself. Get the full Targa Resources Ratings Report now. EXCLUSIVE OFFER: See inside Jim Cramer's multi-million dollar charitable trust portfolio to see the stocks he thinks could be potential winners. Click here to see his holdings for 14-days FREE. 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).