Dell

(

DELL

) pushed the Technology sector lower today making it today's featured Technology loser. The sector as a whole closed the day down 1.9%. By the end of trading, Dell fell 33 cents (-2.2%) to $14.70 on light volume. Throughout the day, 14 million shares of Dell exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 23.1 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $14.64-$15.19 after having opened the day at $15.03 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $15.03. Other company's within the Technology sector that declined today were:

DRI Corporation

(

TBUS

), down 35.4%,

New Energy Systems Group

(

NEWN

), down 18%,

Powerwave Technologies

(

PWAV

), down 15.3%, and

Hauppauge Digital

(

HAUP

), down 13.8%.

Dell Inc. provides integrated technology solutions in the information technology (IT) industry worldwide. Dell has a market cap of $27.04 billion and is part of the

computer hardware

industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 7.8, equal to the average computer hardware industry P/E ratio and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 10.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 15 analysts that rate Dell a buy, two analysts rate it a sell, and 12 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Dell 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, notable return on equity, attractive valuation levels and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow.

On the positive front,

VirnetX

(

VHC

), up 17.7%,

Analysts International

(

ANLY

), up 15.8%,

Towerstream Corporation

(

TWER

), up 15.2%, and

THQ

(

THQI

), up 13.5%, were all gainers within the technology sector with

Equinix

(

EQIX

) being today's featured technology sector winner.

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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