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) pushed the Technology sector lower today making it today's featured Technology laggard. The sector as a whole closed the day up 0.2%. By the end of trading, Symantec fell $0.56 (-2.4%) to $23.06 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 13,350,162 shares of Symantec exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 8,001,000 shares. The stock ranged in price between $22.99-$23.54 after having opened the day at $23.48 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $23.62. Other companies within the Technology sector that declined today were:




), down 24.6%,

Cirrus Logic



), down 19.5%,

BOS Better Online Solutions



), down 15.0% and

WPCS International



), down 14.3%.

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Symantec Corporation provides security, storage, and systems management solutions to various organization and consumers worldwide. It operates in four segments: Consumer, Security and Compliance, Storage and Server Management, and Services. Symantec has a market cap of $16.7 billion and is part of the computer software & services industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 22.2, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 27.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 11 analysts that rate Symantec a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 10 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Symantec as a


. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, reasonable valuation levels, expanding profit margins and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

On the positive front,

China Information Technology



), down 23.6%,




), down 17.1%,

Hanwha SolarOne



), down 16.2% and

Shanda Games



), down 16.1% , were all gainers within the technology sector with

Advanced Micro Devices



) being today's featured technology sector leader.

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