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Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing

(

TSM

) pushed the Technology sector higher today making it today's featured technology winner. The sector as a whole closed the day up 0.8%. By the end of trading, Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing rose $0.30 (1.6%) to $18.83 on light volume. Throughout the day, 7,823,315 shares of Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 10,666,600 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $18.62-$18.86 after having opened the day at $18.64 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $18.53. Other companies within the Technology sector that increased today were:

Telular Corporation

(

WRLS

), up 31.6%,

SemiLEDs

(

LEDS

), up 27.3%,

Medidata Solutions

(

MDSO

), up 20.8% and

ClearSign Combustion

(

CLIR

), up 16.6%.

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Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company Limited engages in the computer-aided design, manufacture, packaging, testing, sale, and marketing of integrated circuits and other semiconductor devices. Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing has a market cap of $96.9 billion and is part of the electronics industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 17.8, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 8.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, notable return on equity, 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,

Renewable Energy Trade Board

(

EBOD

), down 31.6%,

Nam Tai Electronics

(

NTE

), down 31.6%,

Greenway Medical Technologies

(

GWAY

), down 22.9% and

eOn Communications Corporation

(

EONC

), down 9.8% , were all laggards within the technology sector with

Nielsen Holdings

(

NLSN

) being today's technology sector laggard.

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Technology Select Sector SPDR

(

XLK

) while those bearish on the technology sector could consider

ProShares Ultra Short Technology

(

REW

).

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