Two out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the

Dow Jones Industrial Average

(

^DJI

) trading down 18 points (-0.1%) at 17,584 as of Thursday, Dec. 24, 2015, 11:55 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,617 issues advancing vs. 1,280 declining with 175 unchanged.

The Technology sector currently sits up 0.4% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.1%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include

NTT DoCoMo

(

DCM

), down 1.9%,

Palo Alto Networks

(

PANW

), down 1.6%,

Nippon Telegraph & Telephone

(

NTT

), down 1.5%,

Kyocera

(

KYO

), down 1.1% and

America Movil SAB de CV

(

AMOV

), down 0.6%. Top gainers within the sector include

SunEdison

(

SUNE

), up 10.0%,

NXP Semiconductors

(

NXPI

), up 2.5%,

NetApp

(

NTAP

), up 2.0%,

Harris Corporation

(

HRS

), up 1.7% and

NetEase

(

NTES

), up 1.6%.

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

3.

Yahoo

(

YHOO

) is one of the companies pushing the Technology sector lower today. As of noon trading, Yahoo is down $0.30 (-0.9%) to $34.15 on light volume. Thus far, 1.8 million shares of Yahoo exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 17.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $34.14-$34.74 after having opened the day at $34.19 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $34.45.

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Yahoo! Inc. provides search and display advertising services on Yahoo properties and affiliate sites worldwide. Yahoo has a market cap of $32.3 billion and is part of the internet industry. Shares are down 31.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 20 analysts that rate Yahoo a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 9 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Yahoo

as a

hold

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself, deteriorating net income and disappointing return on equity. Get the full

Yahoo Ratings Report

now.

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2. As of noon trading,

Verizon Communications

(

VZ

) is down $0.24 (-0.5%) to $46.71 on light volume. Thus far, 2.0 million shares of Verizon Communications exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 13.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $46.60-$46.97 after having opened the day at $46.96 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $46.95.

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Verizon Communications Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides communications, information, and entertainment products and services to consumers, businesses, and governmental agencies worldwide. Verizon Communications has a market cap of $188.6 billion and is part of the telecommunications industry. Shares are up 0.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 15 analysts that rate Verizon Communications a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Verizon Communications

as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in net income, revenue growth, growth in earnings per share, good cash flow from operations and expanding profit margins. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated. Get the full

Verizon Communications Ratings Report

now.

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1. As of noon trading,

Baidu

(

BIDU

) is down $1.97 (-1.0%) to $194.56 on light volume. Thus far, 594,465 shares of Baidu exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $193.75-$197.60 after having opened the day at $197.22 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $196.53.

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Baidu, Inc. provides Internet search services in China and internationally. Baidu has a market cap of $68.1 billion and is part of the internet industry. Shares are down 13.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 6 analysts that 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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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

).