All three major indices are trading up today with the

Dow Jones Industrial Average

(

^DJI

) trading up 93 points (0.5%) at 17,310 as of Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2015, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,382 issues advancing vs. 1,596 declining with 151 unchanged.

The Technology sector currently sits down 0.3% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.2%. Top gainers within the sector include

KLA-Tencor

(

KLAC

), up 22.4%,

Lam Research

(

LRCX

), up 5.9%,

Kyocera

(

KYO

), up 3.8%,

Analog Devices

(

ADI

), up 3.4% and

ASML

(

ASML

), up 2.0%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include

VMWare

(

VMW

), down 19.9%,

Amphenol

(

APH

), down 4.6%,

Nielsen Holdings

(

NLSN

), down 4.3%,

Salesforce.com

(

CRM

), down 1.4% and

America Movil SAB de CV

(

AMX

), down 1.4%.

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

3.

SolarWinds

(

SWI

) is one of the companies pushing the Technology sector higher today. As of noon trading, SolarWinds is up $8.36 (16.6%) to $58.56 on heavy volume. Thus far, 4.7 million shares of SolarWinds exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $57.00-$58.76 after having opened the day at $57.00 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $50.20.

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SolarWinds, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, designs, develops, markets, sells, and supports enterprise-class information technology (IT) and infrastructure management software to IT and DevOps professionals in various organizations worldwide. SolarWinds has a market cap of $3.8 billion and is part of the computer software & services industry. Shares are up 0.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 4 analysts who rate SolarWinds a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

SolarWinds

as a

hold

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and solid stock price performance. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the company's return on equity has been disappointing. Get the full

SolarWinds Ratings Report

now.

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2. As of noon trading,

Cisco Systems

(

CSCO

) is up $0.29 (1.0%) to $28.79 on light volume. Thus far, 9.6 million shares of Cisco Systems exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 27.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $28.53-$28.80 after having opened the day at $28.60 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $28.50.

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Cisco Systems, Inc. designs, manufactures, and sells Internet Protocol (IP) based networking products and services related to the communications and information technology industry worldwide. Cisco Systems has a market cap of $143.7 billion and is part of the computer hardware industry. Shares are up 2.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 18 analysts who rate Cisco Systems a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Cisco Systems

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, notable return on equity, attractive valuation levels and solid stock price performance. Although no company is perfect, currently we do not see any significant weaknesses which are likely to detract from the generally positive outlook. Get the full

Cisco Systems Ratings Report

now.

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1. As of noon trading,

Apple

(

AAPL

) is up $1.49 (1.3%) to $115.26 on light volume. Thus far, 21.9 million shares of Apple exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 60.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $113.70-$115.58 after having opened the day at $114.00 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $113.77.

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Apple Inc. designs, manufactures, and markets mobile communication and media devices, personal computers, watches, and portable digital music players worldwide. Apple has a market cap of $637.2 billion and is part of the consumer durables industry. Shares are up 3.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 20 analysts who rate Apple a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 10 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Apple

as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, robust revenue growth and notable return on equity. Although no company is perfect, currently we do not see any significant weaknesses which are likely to detract from the generally positive outlook. 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

).