Sprint Nextel Corp (S): Today's Featured Technology Winner

Sprint Nextel ( S) pushed the Technology sector higher today making it today's featured technology winner. The sector as a whole closed the day up 0.6%. By the end of trading, Sprint Nextel rose 25 cents (9.1%) to $2.99 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 82.8 million shares of Sprint Nextel exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 49.8 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $2.73-$3 after having opened the day at $2.74 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $2.74. Other companies within the Technology sector that increased today were: Nexxus Lighting ( NEXS), up 29.7%, China TransInfo Technology Corporation ( CTFO), up 18.4%, Parametric Sound ( PAMT), up 16.7%, and CalAmp Corporation ( CAMP), up 16.6%.

Sprint Nextel Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, offers a range of wireless and wireline communications products and services to individual consumers, businesses, government subscribers, and resellers in the United States, Puerto Rico, and the United States Virgin Islands. Sprint Nextel has a market cap of $8.16 billion and is part of the telecommunications industry. Shares are up 8.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are seven analysts that rate Sprint Nextel a buy, four analysts rate it a sell, and 15 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Sprint Nextel as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity, generally weak debt management, generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself and feeble growth in its earnings per share.

On the negative front, Tel Instrument Electronics Corporation ( TIK), down 17.8%, Hoku ( HOKU), down 15.3%, SatCon Technology Corporation ( SATC), down 13.1%, and Progress Software ( PRGS), down 11.2%, were all losers within the technology sector with Agilent Technologies ( A) being today's technology sector loser.

For investors not wanting singular stock exposure, 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).