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NXP Semiconductor



) pushed the Technology sector higher today making it today's featured technology winner. The sector as a whole closed the day down 2.1%. By the end of trading, NXP Semiconductor rose $1.14 (2.0%) to $58.09 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 5,287,167 shares of NXP Semiconductor exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3,336,500 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $57.43-$60.31 after having opened the day at $59.12 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $56.95. Other companies within the Technology sector that increased today were:

Elephant Talk Communications



), up 18.9%,




), up 11.5%,

Identive Group



), up 10.5% and

Schmitt Industries



), up 9.8%.

NXP Semiconductors N.V. provides high performance mixed signal and standard product solutions for radio frequency (RF), analog, power management, interface, security, and digital processing products worldwide. NXP Semiconductor has a market cap of $14.2 billion and is part of the electronics industry. Shares are up 24.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 10 analysts that rate NXP Semiconductor a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates NXP Semiconductor as a


. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, notable return on equity and impressive record of earnings per share growth. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the company has favored debt over equity in the management of its balance sheet.

On the negative front,

Plug Power



), down 23.9%,

Sungy Mobile Ltd ADR



), down 23.3%,




), down 14.3% and




), down 14.0% , were all laggards within the technology sector with




) being today's technology sector laggard.

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) while those bearish on the technology sector could consider

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