5 Stocks Pushing The Technology Sector Higher

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Two out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 15 points (0.1%) at 12,980 as of Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2012, 11:49 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,319 issues advancing vs. 1,553 declining with 162 unchanged.

The Technology sector currently sits down 0.3% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.1%. Top gainers within the sector include VimpelCom ( VIP), up 3.7%, and China Telecom ( CHA), up 3.2%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Baidu ( BIDU), down 6.2%, ASML ( ASML), down 1.7% and Oracle Corporation ( ORCL), down 0.7%.

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

5. Telefonica ( TEF) is one of the companies pushing the Technology sector higher today. As of noon trading, Telefonica is up $0.13 (1.0%) to $13.13 on light volume Thus far, 499,706 shares of Telefonica exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $13.03-$13.14 after having opened the day at $13.09 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $13.00.

Telefonica, S.A. provides fixed and mobile telephony services primarily in Spain, Latin America, and rest of Europe. Telefonica has a market cap of $59.5 billion and is part of the telecommunications industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 57.4, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 24.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are no analysts that rate Telefonica a buy, 3 analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Telefonica as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, notable return on equity and attractive valuation levels. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including generally higher debt management risk, a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself and poor profit margins. Get the full Telefonica Ratings Report now.

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