All three major indices are trading up today with the

Dow Jones Industrial Average

(

^DJI

) trading up 242 points (1.5%) at 16,127 as of Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2016, 11:55 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 2,449 issues advancing vs. 538 declining with 103 unchanged.

The Technology sector currently sits up 0.9% versus the S&P 500, which is up 1.0%. Top gainers within the sector include

Western Digital

(

WDC

), up 8.4%,

Seagate Technology

(

STX

), up 6.2%,

Corning

(

GLW

), up 5.8%,

SanDisk

(

SNDK

), up 3.8% and

TELUS

(

TU

), up 3.7%.

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

3.

Intel

(

INTC

) is one of the companies pushing the Technology sector higher today. As of noon trading, Intel is up $0.32 (1.1%) to $29.92 on light volume. Thus far, 8.0 million shares of Intel exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 24.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $29.61-$30.04 after having opened the day at $29.61 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $29.60.

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Intel Corporation designs, manufactures, and sells integrated digital technology platforms worldwide. It operates through PC Client Group, Data Center Group, Internet of Things Group, Mobile and Communications Group, Software and Services, and All Other segments. Intel has a market cap of $141.2 billion and is part of the electronics industry. Shares are down 14.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 21 analysts who rate Intel a buy, 3 analysts rate it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Intel

as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, attractive valuation levels and expanding profit margins. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself. Get the full

Intel Ratings Report

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2. As of noon trading,

Microsoft

(

MSFT

) is up $0.43 (0.8%) to $52.22 on light volume. Thus far, 11.4 million shares of Microsoft exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 38.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $51.55-$52.42 after having opened the day at $51.88 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $51.79.

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Microsoft Corporation, a technology company, develops, licenses, and supports software products, services, and devices worldwide. Microsoft has a market cap of $417.7 billion and is part of the computer software & services industry. Shares are down 6.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 16 analysts who rate Microsoft a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Microsoft

as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, increase in net income, reasonable valuation levels, expanding profit margins and good cash flow from operations. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results. Get the full

Microsoft Ratings Report

now.

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1. As of noon trading,

Apple

(

AAPL

) is up $1.07 (1.1%) to $100.51 on average volume. Thus far, 24.2 million shares of Apple exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 47.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $98.07-$100.51 after having opened the day at $99.72 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $99.44.

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Apple Inc. designs, manufactures, and markets mobile communication and media devices, personal computers, and portable digital music players to consumers, small and mid-sized businesses, education, and enterprise and government customers worldwide. Apple has a market cap of $562.3 billion and is part of the consumer durables industry. Shares are down 5.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 25 analysts who rate Apple a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Apple

as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, robust revenue growth, notable return on equity and expanding profit margins. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself. Get the full

Apple 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 technology sector could consider

Technology Select Sector SPDR

(

XLK

) while those bearish on the technology sector could consider

ProShares Ultra Short Technology

(

REW

).