All three major indices are trading up today with the

Dow Jones Industrial Average

(

^DJI

) trading up 24 points (0.1%) at 17,741 as of Thursday, March 31, 2016, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,790 issues advancing vs. 1,130 declining with 157 unchanged.

The Technology sector currently sits up 0.6% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.1%. Top gainers within the sector include

VimpelCom

(

VIP

), up 6.0%,

Xerox

(

XRX

), up 3.3%,

Liberty Interactive

(

LVNTB

), up 2.9%,

China Unicom (Hong Kong

(

CHU

), up 2.0% and

Applied Materials

(

AMAT

), up 1.3%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include

NTT DOCOMO

(

DCM

), down 3.8%,

Micron Technology

(

MU

), down 3.0%,

Nippon Telegraph & Telephone

(

NTT

), down 2.6%,

Telefonica Brasil

(

VIV

), down 2.1% and

NXP Semiconductors

(

NXPI

), down 1.1%.

TheStreet would like to highlight 3 stocks pushing the sector higher today:

3.

Adobe Systems

(

ADBE

) is one of the companies pushing the Technology sector higher today. As of noon trading, Adobe Systems is up $0.70 (0.8%) to $94.48 on heavy volume. Thus far, 4.0 million shares of Adobe Systems exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $93.23-$94.58 after having opened the day at $93.74 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $93.78.

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Adobe Systems Incorporated operates as a diversified software company worldwide. Its Digital Media segment provides tools and solutions that enable individuals, small and medium businesses, and enterprises to create, publish, promote, and monetize their digital content. Adobe Systems has a market cap of $46.5 billion and is part of the computer software & services industry. Shares are down 0.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 10 analysts who rate Adobe Systems a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Adobe Systems

as a

buy

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

Adobe Systems Ratings Report

now.

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2. As of noon trading,

Baidu

(

BIDU

) is up $3.08 (1.6%) to $192.97 on light volume. Thus far, 1.2 million shares of Baidu exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $189.38-$193.19 after having opened the day at $189.50 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $189.89.

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Baidu, Inc. provides Internet search services in China and internationally. Baidu has a market cap of $65.7 billion and is part of the internet industry. Shares are up 0.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 5 analysts who rate Baidu a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Baidu

as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, expanding profit margins and notable return on equity. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full

Baidu Ratings Report

now.

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1. As of noon trading,

International Business Machines

(

IBM

) is up $4.22 (2.9%) to $152.64 on average volume. Thus far, 3.3 million shares of International Business Machines exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $149.36-$152.83 after having opened the day at $149.79 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $148.41.

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International Business Machines Corporation provides information technology (IT) products and services worldwide. The company's Global Technology Services segment provides IT infrastructure services, such as IT outsourcing, integrated technology, cloud, and technology support services. International Business Machines has a market cap of $143.5 billion and is part of the computer software & services industry. Shares are up 7.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 7 analysts who rate International Business Machines a buy, 3 analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

International Business Machines

as a

hold

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its expanding profit margins and notable return on equity. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including feeble growth in the company's earnings per share, unimpressive growth in net income and generally higher debt management risk. Get the full

International Business Machines Ratings Report

now.

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If you are interested in one of these 3 stocks, ETFs may be of interest. Investors who are bullish on the technology sector could consider

Technology Select Sector SPDR

(

XLK

) while those bearish on the technology sector could consider

ProShares Ultra Short Technology

(

REW

).