All three major indices are trading down today with the

Dow Jones Industrial Average

(

^DJI

) trading down 34 points (-0.2%) at 16,609 as of Monday, Aug. 31, 2015, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,471 issues advancing vs. 1,509 declining with 154 unchanged.

The Technology sector currently sits up 0.4% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.3%. Top gainers within the sector include

SanDisk

(

SNDK

), up 4.7%,

Chunghwa Telecom

(

CHT

), up 1.6% and

NTT DoCoMo

(

DCM

), up 1.4%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include

Telefonica Brasil

(

VIV

), down 2.1%,

China Unicom (Hong Kong

(

CHU

), down 1.9%,

Kyocera

(

KYO

), down 1.9%,

LM Ericsson Telephone Company

(

ERIC

), down 1.8% and

Electronic Arts

(

EA

), down 1.7%.

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

3.

Twitter

(

TWTR

) is one of the companies pushing the Technology sector higher today. As of noon trading, Twitter is up $1.46 (5.4%) to $28.29 on heavy volume. Thus far, 18.8 million shares of Twitter exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 22.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $27.35-$28.44 after having opened the day at $27.64 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $26.83.

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Twitter, Inc. operates as a global platform for public self-expression and conversation in real time. Twitter has a market cap of $17.9 billion and is part of the internet industry. Shares are down 25.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 11 analysts who rate Twitter a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 13 rate it a hold.

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Twitter

as a

sell

. Among the areas we feel are negative, one of the most important has been a generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself. Get the full

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2. As of noon trading,

Intel

(

INTC

) is up $0.63 (2.2%) to $29.05 on average volume. Thus far, 18.2 million shares of Intel exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 34.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $28.16-$29.07 after having opened the day at $28.33 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $28.42.

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Intel Corporation designs, manufactures, and sells integrated digital technology platforms worldwide. It operates through PC Client Group, Data Center Group, Internet of Things Group, Mobile and Communications Group, Software and Services, and All Other segments. Intel has a market cap of $131.8 billion and is part of the electronics industry. Shares are down 21.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 17 analysts who rate Intel a buy, 4 analysts rate it a sell, and 9 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Intel

as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, attractive valuation levels, notable return on equity and expanding profit margins. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full

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1. As of noon trading,

Apple

(

AAPL

) is up $1.09 (1.0%) to $114.38 on average volume. Thus far, 28.0 million shares of Apple exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 54.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $112.00-$114.53 after having opened the day at $112.03 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $113.29.

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Apple Inc. designs, manufactures, and markets mobile communication and media devices, personal computers, watches, and portable digital music players worldwide. Apple has a market cap of $644.0 billion and is part of the consumer durables industry. Shares are up 2.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 21 analysts who rate Apple a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 11 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Apple

as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, robust revenue growth and notable return on equity. Although no company is perfect, currently we do not see any significant weaknesses which are likely to detract from the generally positive outlook. Get the full

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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

).