3 Stocks Pushing The Technology Sector Higher

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All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 30 points (-0.2%) at 14,005 as of Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013, 12:04 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 991 issues advancing vs. 1,875 declining with 138 unchanged.

The Technology sector currently sits down 0.3% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.5%. Top gainers within the sector include LG.Display Company ( LPL), up 3.4%, and NTT DoCoMo ( DCM), up 0.6%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include America Movil S.A.B. de C.V ( AMX), down 1.9%, Baidu ( BIDU), down 1.8%, America Movil S.A.B. de C.V ( AMOV), down 1.5%, Telefonica ( TEF), down 1.5% and Google ( GOOG), down 1.1%.

TheStreet Ratings group would like to highlight 3 stocks pushing the sector higher today:

3. Nippon Telegraph & Telephone ( NTT) is one of the companies pushing the Technology sector higher today. As of noon trading, Nippon Telegraph & Telephone is up $0.52 (2.3%) to $22.97 on average volume Thus far, 275,684 shares of Nippon Telegraph & Telephone exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 476,000 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $22.90-$23.00 after having opened the day at $22.95 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $22.45.

Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, provides fixed and mobile voice related services, IP/packet communications services, telecommunications equipment, and system integration and other telecommunications-related services in Japan. Nippon Telegraph & Telephone has a market cap of $52.8 billion and is part of the telecommunications industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 10.8, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 4.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 2 analysts that rate Nippon Telegraph & Telephone a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Nippon Telegraph & Telephone as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its compelling growth in net income, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, attractive valuation levels, expanding profit margins and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself. Get the full Nippon Telegraph & Telephone Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, SINA Corporation ( SINA) is up $4.38 (8.2%) to $57.86 on heavy volume Thus far, 4.8 million shares of SINA Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $57.10-$59.60 after having opened the day at $57.45 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $53.48.

SINA Corporation provides online media and mobile value-added services (MVAS) in the People's Republic of China. It provides advertising, non-advertising, and free services through SINA.com, Weibo.com, and SINA Mobile. SINA Corporation has a market cap of $3.7 billion and is part of the internet industry. Shares are up 11.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 11 analysts that rate SINA Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates SINA Corporation as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its compelling growth in net income, revenue growth and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the stock has had a generally disappointing performance in the past year. Get the full SINA Corporation Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, AT&T ( T) is up $0.20 (0.6%) to $35.88 on light volume Thus far, 6.4 million shares of AT&T exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 25.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $35.60-$35.98 after having opened the day at $35.68 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $35.67.

AT&T Inc., together with its subsidiaries, provides telecommunications services to consumers, businesses, and other providers worldwide. AT&T has a market cap of $200.8 billion and is part of the telecommunications industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 45.9, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 4.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 9 analysts that rate AT&T a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 17 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates AT&T as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, revenue growth and good cash flow from operations. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results. Get the full AT&T 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).

A reminder about TheStreet Ratings group: TheStreet ratings do not represent the views of TheStreet's staff or its contributors. Ratings are established by computer based on metrics for performance (which includes growth, stock performance, efficiency and valuation) and risk (volatility and solvency). Companies with poor cash flow or high debt levels tend to earn lower ratings in our model.
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