Nuance Communications

(

NUAN

) pushed the Technology sector lower today making it today's featured Technology loser. The sector as a whole closed the day up 0.2%. By the end of trading, Nuance Communications fell 12 cents (-0.6%) to $20.71 on light volume. Throughout the day, three million shares of Nuance Communications exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.5 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $20.66-$21.04 after having opened the day at $20.82 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $20.83. Other company's within the Technology sector that declined today were:

Hoku

(

HOKU

), down 18.2%,

VimpelCom

(

VIP

), down 16.3%,

LDK Solar Company

(

LDK

), down 13.5%, and

Mentor Graphics Corporation

(

MENT

), down 13.2%.

Nuance Communications, Inc. provides voice and language solutions for businesses and consumers worldwide. Nuance Communications has a market cap of $6.56 billion and is part of the

computer software & services

industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 142.5, below the average computer software & services industry P/E ratio of 152.9 and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 15% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 12 analysts that rate Nuance Communications a buy, one analyst rates it a sell, and three rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Nuance Communications as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, expanding profit margins, good cash flow from operations, 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,

Winland Electronics

(

WEX

), up 16.4%,

Recon Technology

(

RCON

), up 15.2%,

Canadian Solar

(

CSIQ

), up 15%, and

Ambient Corporation

(

AMBT

), up 15%, were all gainers within the technology sector with

Altera

(

ALTR

) 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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