The

technology

sector closed the day down 2.2%.

Aetrium Incorporated

(

ATRM

),

BluePhoenix Solutions

(

BPHX

),

CyberDefender

(

CYDE

), and

Nexxus Lighting Inc

(

NEXS

) were all winners today within the technology sector with

Equinix Inc

(

EQIX

) being today's featured technology winner. Equinix Inc rose $1.63 (1.9%) to $89.38 on average volume. Throughout the day, one million shares of Equinix Inc exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 832,600 shares.

Equinix, Inc. provides data center services for the protection and connection of information assets to enterprises, content providers, financial companies, network service providers, and cloud and IT services companies. Equinix Inc has a market cap of $4.2 billion and is part of the

telecommunications

industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 51.4, below the average telecommunications industry P/E ratio of 51.7 and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 8% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Equinix as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, compelling growth in net income, good cash flow from operations, impressive record of earnings per share growth and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself.

On the negative front,

Bridgeline Digital Inc

(

BLIN

),

Tegal Corporation

(

TGAL

),

Daystar Technologies Inc

(

DSTI

), and

Micron Technology Inc

(

MU

) were all losers within the technology sector with

Hewlett-Packard

(

HPQ

) being today's technology sector Loser Spotlight stock.

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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