Two out of the three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 25 points (0.1%) at 17,526 as of Monday, May 23, 2016, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,545 issues advancing vs. 1,371 declining with 153 unchanged.

The Utilities sector currently sits down 0.4% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.1%. A company within the sector that increased today was Brookfield Renewable Partners ( BEP), up 0.7%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Energy Company of Minas Gerais ( CIG), down 6.6%, CPFL Energia ( CPL), down 4.3%, Companhia De Saneamento Basico Do Estado De ( SBS), down 3.3%, Western Gas Equity Partners ( WGP), down 1.9% and Dominion Resources ( D), down 0.5%.

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 $0.29 (1.8%) to $16.02 on light volume. Thus far, 1.7 million shares of NRG Energy exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $15.66-$16.14 after having opened the day at $15.73 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $15.73.

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NRG Energy, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, operates as a power company. NRG Energy has a market cap of $4.9 billion and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are up 33.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. 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 hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in net income, good cash flow from operations and growth in earnings per share. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including generally higher debt management risk, disappointing return on equity and a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself. Get the full NRG Energy Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, SolarCity ( SCTY) is up $1.48 (6.8%) to $23.42 on heavy volume. Thus far, 4.7 million shares of SolarCity exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $21.86-$23.43 after having opened the day at $21.96 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $21.94.

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SolarCity Corporation designs, manufactures, installs, monitors, maintains, leases, and sells solar energy systems to government, residential, and commercial customers in the United States. SolarCity has a market cap of $2.0 billion and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are down 57.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 9 analysts who rate SolarCity a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates SolarCity as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its generally high debt management risk, poor profit margins, weak operating cash flow, generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself and feeble growth in its earnings per share. Get the full SolarCity Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Praxair ( PX) is up $0.88 (0.8%) to $110.96 on average volume. Thus far, 509,659 shares of Praxair exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $110.01-$111.06 after having opened the day at $110.77 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $110.08.

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Praxair, Inc. produces, sells, and distributes atmospheric, process, and specialty gases, as well as surface coatings in North America, Europe, South America, and Asia. Praxair has a market cap of $31.4 billion and is part of the chemicals industry. Shares are up 7.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 6 analysts who rate Praxair a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Praxair as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its expanding profit margins and good cash flow from operations. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself, generally higher debt management risk and disappointing return on equity. Get the full Praxair 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).