One out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 35 points (-0.2%) at 18,458 as of Tuesday, July 26, 2016, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,840 issues advancing vs. 1,054 declining with 156 unchanged.

The Utilities sector currently sits down 0.2% versus the S&P 500, which is unchanged. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Public Service Enterprise Group ( PEG), down 1.2%, Xcel Energy ( XEL), down 1.1%, WEC Energy Group ( WEC), down 1.0%, PG&E ( PCG), down 1.0% and PPL ( PPL), down 0.8%.

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

3. Huaneng Power International ( HNP) is one of the companies pushing the Utilities sector higher today. As of noon trading, Huaneng Power International is up $0.32 (1.4%) to $23.64 on light volume. Thus far, 38,044 shares of Huaneng Power International exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 105,800 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $23.57-$23.71 after having opened the day at $23.61 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $23.32.

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Huaneng Power International, Inc., an independent power producer, generates and sells electricity and heat to the regional or provincial grid companies in the People's Republic of China and Singapore. Huaneng Power International has a market cap of $9.1 billion and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are down 32.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there is 1 analyst who rates Huaneng Power International a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Huaneng Power International as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its attractive valuation levels and notable return on equity. 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 feeble growth in the company's earnings per share. Get the full Huaneng Power International Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Korea Electric Power ( KEP) is up $0.24 (0.9%) to $26.81 on average volume. Thus far, 329,998 shares of Korea Electric Power exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 444,100 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $26.80-$27.34 after having opened the day at $27.32 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $26.57.

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Korea Electric Power Corporation, an integrated electric utility company, generates, transmits, and distributes electricity in Korea and internationally. Korea Electric Power has a market cap of $34.2 billion and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are up 25.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. 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 hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, compelling growth in net income and solid stock price performance. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the growth in the company's earnings per share has not been good. Get the full Korea Electric Power Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Energy Company of Minas Gerais ( CIG) is up $0.08 (3.0%) to $2.71 on average volume. Thus far, 2.0 million shares of Energy Company of Minas Gerais exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $2.62-$2.71 after having opened the day at $2.63 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $2.63.

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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 $3.4 billion and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are up 75.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there is 1 analyst who rates Energy Company of Minas Gerais a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate 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 and generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself. Get the full Energy Company of Minas Gerais 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).