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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 up 0.9%. By the end of trading, TripAdvisor rose $9.96 (16.3%) to $71.10 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 5,456,335 shares of TripAdvisor exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,984,900 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $68.71-$72.26 after having opened the day at $69.88 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $61.14. Other companies within the Technology sector that increased today were:

Facebook Inc Class A



), up 29.6%,

Friendfinder Networks



), up 25.0%,

Medidata Solutions



), up 22.3% and

Triquint Semiconductor



), up 17.5%.

TripAdvisor, Inc., an online travel company, provides trip advisory services. TripAdvisor has a market cap of $7.9 billion and is part of the internet industry. Shares are up 44.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate TripAdvisor a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 11 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates TripAdvisor as a


. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its notable return on equity, good cash flow from operations and solid stock price performance. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the company has favored debt over equity in the management of its balance sheet.

On the negative front,




), down 15.3%,

Silicon Laboratories



), down 11.8%,

Kingtone Wirelessinfo Solution



), down 11.8% and




), down 11.0% , were all laggards within the technology sector with

Motorola Solutions



) 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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