Dell Inc (DELL): Today's Featured Technology Winner

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Dell ( DELL) pushed the Technology sector higher today making it today's featured technology winner. The sector as a whole closed the day up 0.4%. By the end of trading, Dell rose 25 cents (1.8%) to $14.32 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 59.2 million shares of Dell exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 37.2 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $13.95-$14.51 after having opened the day at $14.02 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $14.07. Other companies within the Technology sector that increased today were: Deltathree ( DDDC), up 30%, Towerstream Corporation ( TWER), up 14.1%, magicJack VocalTec ( CALL), up 12.4%, and Park City Group ( PCYG), up 11.8%.
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Dell Inc. provides integrated technology solutions in the information technology (IT) industry worldwide. Dell has a market cap of $24.32 billion and is part of the computer hardware industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 8.1, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 38.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are two analysts that rate Dell a buy, two analysts rate it a sell, and 19 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, weak operating cash flow and poor profit margins.

On the negative front, RELM Wireless Corporation ( RWC), down 11.9%, ( SOHU), down 11.1%, Wave Systems Corporation ( WAVX), down 8.8%, and Crossroads Systems ( CRDS), down 8.6%, were all laggards within the technology sector with Cirrus Logic ( CRUS) being today's technology sector laggard.

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).

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