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Nielsen Holdings

(

NLSN

) pushed the Technology sector higher today making it today's featured technology winner. The sector as a whole closed the day up 0.3%. By the end of trading, Nielsen Holdings rose $0.91 (2.3%) to $41.12 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 16,641,773 shares of Nielsen Holdings exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,771,500 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $39.65-$41.65 after having opened the day at $39.94 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $40.21. Other companies within the Technology sector that increased today were:

Camtek

(

CAMT

), up 39.5%,

Performance Technologies

(

PTIX

), up 23.6%,

Splunk

(

SPLK

), up 22.8% and

Zoom Technologies

(

ZOOM

), up 17.6%.

Nielsen Holdings N.V., an information and measurement company, provides media and marketing information, analytics, and industry expertise about what consumers buy and watch on a global and local basis. Nielsen Holdings has a market cap of $15.3 billion and is part of the computer software & services industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 43.1, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 31.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate Nielsen Holdings a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Nielsen Holdings

as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its growth in earnings per share, compelling growth in net income, revenue growth, solid stock price performance and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity.

On the negative front,

Violin Memory

TST Recommends

(

VMEM

), down 48.2%,

ARC Group Worldwide

(

ARCW

), down 18.6%,

RIT Technologies

(

RITT

), down 17.9% and

GRAVITY

(

GRVY

), down 10.6% , were all laggards within the technology sector with

SunPower Corporation

(

SPWR

) being today's technology sector laggard.

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Technology Select Sector SPDR

(

XLK

) while those bearish on the technology sector could consider

ProShares Ultra Short Technology

(

REW

).

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