Two out of the three major indices are trading up today with the

Dow Jones Industrial Average

(

^DJI

) trading up 28 points (0.2%) at 17,783 as of Friday, Oct. 30, 2015, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,543 issues advancing vs. 1,349 declining with 225 unchanged.

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

Trimble Navigation

(

TRMB

), up 20.6%,

First Solar

(

FSLR

), up 10.6%,

Liberty Interactive

(

LVNTA

), up 4.3%,

NXP Semiconductors

(

NXPI

), up 4.3% and

NTT DoCoMo

(

DCM

), up 3.0%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include

DigitalGlobe

(

DGI

), down 26.4%,

IMS Health Holdings

(

IMS

), down 4.4%,

Electronic Arts

(

EA

), down 4.0%,

Kyocera

(

KYO

), down 3.0% and

Automatic Data Processing

(

ADP

), down 0.9%.

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

3.

Verizon Communications

(

TheStreet Recommends

VZ

) is one of the companies pushing the Technology sector higher today. As of noon trading, Verizon Communications is up $0.24 (0.5%) to $46.64 on light volume. Thus far, 4.2 million shares of Verizon Communications exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 15.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $46.28-$46.68 after having opened the day at $46.43 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $46.40.

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Verizon Communications Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides communications, information, and entertainment products and services to consumers, businesses, and governmental agencies worldwide. Verizon Communications has a market cap of $187.7 billion and is part of the telecommunications industry. Shares are down 0.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 15 analysts who rate Verizon Communications a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Verizon Communications

as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, increase in net income, good cash flow from operations, growth in earnings per share and expanding profit margins. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated. Get the full

Verizon Communications Ratings Report

now.

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2. As of noon trading,

Baidu

(

BIDU

) is up $17.82 (10.5%) to $186.81 on heavy volume. Thus far, 7.6 million shares of Baidu exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $175.90-$187.25 after having opened the day at $176.88 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $168.99.

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Baidu, Inc. provides Internet search services in China and internationally. Baidu has a market cap of $61.1 billion and is part of the internet industry. Shares are down 25.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 7 analysts who rate Baidu a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Baidu

as a

hold

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, growth in earnings per share and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the stock has had a generally disappointing performance in the past year. Get the full

Baidu Ratings Report

now.

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1. As of noon trading,

Microsoft

(

MSFT

) is up $0.17 (0.3%) to $53.53 on average volume. Thus far, 16.4 million shares of Microsoft exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 35.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $53.15-$53.99 after having opened the day at $53.32 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $53.36.

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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 $428.9 billion and is part of the computer software & services industry. Shares are up 14.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 14 analysts who rate Microsoft a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 6 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 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

Microsoft 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

).