5 Stocks Pushing The Technology Sector Higher

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All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 163 points (1.2%) at 13,275 as of Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012, 12:34 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 2,126 issues advancing vs. 762 declining with 145 unchanged.

The Technology sector currently sits up 0.4% versus the S&P 500, which is up 1.1%. Top gainers within the sector include Computer Sciences Corporation ( CSC), up 16.3%, AOL ( AOL), up 15.3%, Tim Holding Company ( TSU), up 4.4%, TE Connectivity ( TEL), up 4.2% and Citrix Systems ( CTXS), up 3.0%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include ServiceSource International ( SREV), down 35.6%, BroadSoft ( BSFT), down 16.7%, Nationstar Mortgage Holdings ( NSM), down 6.1%, MSCI ( MSCI), down 4.7% and CGI Group ( GIB), down 4.1%.

TheStreet Ratings group would like to highlight 5 stocks pushing the sector higher today:

5. Dell ( DELL) is one of the companies pushing the Technology sector higher today. As of noon trading, Dell is up $0.22 (2.4%) to $9.57 on average volume Thus far, 9.5 million shares of Dell exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 19.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $9.34-$9.61 after having opened the day at $9.37 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $9.35.

Dell Inc. provides integrated technology solutions in the information technology (IT) industry worldwide. Dell has a market cap of $15.9 billion and is part of the computer hardware industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 5.4, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 37.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 11 analysts that rate Dell a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 14 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Dell as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its attractive valuation levels and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, poor profit margins and weak operating cash flow. Get the full Dell Ratings Report now.

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