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) pushed the Technology sector higher today making it today's featured technology winner. The sector as a whole closed the day down 0.9%. By the end of trading, Splunk rose $1.54 (3.4%) to $46.76 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 2,788,321 shares of Splunk exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,373,300 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $43.40-$47.11 after having opened the day at $44.05 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $45.22. Other companies within the Technology sector that increased today were:

OmniVision Technologies



), up 19.2%,




), up 14.3%,

TigerLogic Corporation



), up 11.3% and

LightPath Technologies



), up 10.3%.

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Splunk, Inc. provides software solutions that provide real-time operational intelligence. Splunk has a market cap of $4.7 billion and is part of the computer software & services industry. Shares are up 58.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 8 analysts that rate Splunk a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Splunk as a


. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its deteriorating net income and feeble growth in its earnings per share.

On the negative front,




), down 23.1%,




), down 14.5%,

Renewable Energy Trade Board



), down 12.5% and

Palo Alto Networks



), down 10.8% , were all laggards within the technology sector with

Texas Instruments



) 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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