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Baidu

(

BIDU

) pushed the Technology sector lower today making it today's featured Technology laggard. The sector as a whole closed the day down 1.1%. By the end of trading, Baidu fell $4.23 (-3.0%) to $135.53 on light volume. Throughout the day, 2,590,874 shares of Baidu exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4,099,400 shares. The stock ranged in price between $135.10-$140.09 after having opened the day at $139.70 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $139.76. Other companies within the Technology sector that declined today were:

China Mobile Games and Entertainment Group

(

CMGE

), down 22.5%,

OmniVision Technologies

(

OVTI

), down 16.1%,

Control4

(

CTRL

), down 14.8% and

Nexxus Lighting

(

NEXS

), down 11.6%.

Baidu, Inc. provides Chinese language Internet search services. It also offers a Chinese language search platform for businesses to reach their customers. Baidu has a market cap of $48.6 billion and is part of the internet industry. Shares are up 39.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate Baidu a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Baidu

as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, expanding profit margins, increase in stock price during the past year, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

On the positive front,

Splunk

(

SPLK

), up 12.9%,

Salesforce.com

(

CRM

), up 12.6%,

Astro-Med

(

ALOT

), up 9.6% and

ReneSola

(

SOL

), up 8.4% , were all gainers within the technology sector with

Canadian Solar

(

CSIQ

) being today's featured technology sector leader.

For investors not wanting singular stock exposure, 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

).

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