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Skyworks Solutions



) pushed the Technology sector higher today making it today's featured technology winner. The sector as a whole closed the day down 0.5%. By the end of trading, Skyworks Solutions rose $0.51 (1.5%) to $35.46 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 5,180,840 shares of Skyworks Solutions exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3,301,900 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $34.83-$35.98 after having opened the day at $34.84 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $34.95. Other companies within the Technology sector that increased today were:

Applied Optoelectronics



), up 23.2%,

China BAK Battery



), up 22.9%,

Maxwell Technologies



), up 15.3% and




), up 14.7%.

Skyworks Solutions, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, provides analog semiconductors worldwide. Skyworks Solutions has a market cap of $6.6 billion and is part of the electronics industry. Shares are up 22.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 10 analysts that rate Skyworks Solutions a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Skyworks Solutions

as a


. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth and compelling growth in net income. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results.

On the negative front,

NII Holdings



), down 55.3%,




), down 31.2%,

Pros Holdings



), down 16.1% and

Altair Nanotechnologies



), down 11.2% , were all laggards within the technology sector with

Western Digital Corporation



) being today's technology sector laggard.

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Technology Select Sector SPDR



) while those bearish on the technology sector could consider

ProShares Ultra Short Technology




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