One out of the three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 13 points (-0.1%) at 17,816 as of Wednesday, June 22, 2016, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,613 issues advancing vs. 1,286 declining with 175 unchanged.

The Utilities sector currently sits up 0.1% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.1%. Top gainers within the sector include SolarCity ( SCTY), up 5.4%, Korea Electric Power ( KEP), up 1.9% and Praxair ( PX), up 0.7%. A company within the sector that fell today was PPL ( PPL), up 0.6%.

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

3. Energy Company of Minas Gerais ( CIG) is one of the companies pushing the Utilities sector higher today. As of noon trading, Energy Company of Minas Gerais is up $0.12 (7.3%) to $1.82 on average volume. Thus far, 2.5 million shares of Energy Company of Minas Gerais exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $1.69-$1.83 after having opened the day at $1.72 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $1.70.

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Companhia Energetica de Minas Gerais S.A., through its subsidiaries, engages in the generation, transformation, transmission, distribution, and sale of electric energy primarily in Minas Gerais, Brazil. Energy Company of Minas Gerais has a market cap of $2.0 billion and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are up 13.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there is 1 analyst who rates Energy Company of Minas Gerais a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Energy Company of Minas Gerais as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its feeble growth in its earnings per share, deteriorating net income, poor profit margins, weak operating cash flow and generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself. Get the full Energy Company of Minas Gerais Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Western Gas Equity Partners ( WGP) is up $0.49 (1.3%) to $37.98 on heavy volume. Thus far, 357,506 shares of Western Gas Equity Partners exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 391,300 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $36.56-$38.07 after having opened the day at $37.75 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $37.49.

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Western Gas Equity Partners, LP gathers, processes, compresses, treats, and transports natural gas, condensate, NGLs and crude oil primarily in the United States. Western Gas Equity Partners has a market cap of $8.1 billion and is part of the energy industry. Shares are up 3.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 2 analysts who rate Western Gas Equity Partners a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Western Gas Equity Partners as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its compelling growth in net income, notable return on equity, expanding profit margins, good cash flow from operations and impressive record of earnings per share growth. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself. Get the full Western Gas Equity Partners Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Companhia De Saneamento Basico Do Estado De ( SBS) is up $0.18 (2.2%) to $8.40 on light volume. Thus far, 1.1 million shares of Companhia De Saneamento Basico Do Estado De exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $8.20-$8.41 after having opened the day at $8.24 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $8.22.

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Companhia de Saneamento Basico do Estado de Sao Paulo - SABESP provides basic and environmental sanitation services, and supplies treated water and sewage services on a wholesale basis to residential, commercial, industrial, and governmental customers in the state of Sao Paulo. Companhia De Saneamento Basico Do Estado De has a market cap of $5.6 billion and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are up 78.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there is 1 analyst who rates Companhia De Saneamento Basico Do Estado De a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Companhia De Saneamento Basico Do Estado De as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth and compelling growth in net income. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that we feel that the company's cash flow from its operations has been weak overall. Get the full Companhia De Saneamento Basico Do Estado De 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).