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 42 points (0.3%) at 14,338 as of Thursday, March 7, 2013, 11:50 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,674 issues advancing vs. 1,197 declining with 153 unchanged.

The Technology sector currently sits up 0.4% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.2%. Top gainers within the sector include Ciena Corporation ( CIEN), up 15.3%, Level 3 Communications ( LVLT), up 7.5%, JDS Uniphase Corp (CA ( JDSU), up 6.5%, Telecom Italia SpA ADR ( TI.A), up 4.3% and Telecom Italia SpA ( TI), up 3.4%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Nippon Telegraph & Telephone ( NTT), down 1.8%, CenturyLink ( CTL), down 1.7%, P.T. Telekomunikasi Indonesia Tbk ( TLK), down 1.3%, Rogers Communications ( RCI), down 1.4% and ASML ( ASML), down 1.1%.

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

5. TripAdvisor ( TRIP) is one of the companies pushing the Technology sector higher today. As of noon trading, TripAdvisor is up $2.23 (4.6%) to $50.86 on average volume Thus far, 1.2 million shares of TripAdvisor exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $48.10-$51.00 after having opened the day at $48.59 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $48.63.

TripAdvisor, Inc., an online travel company, provides trip advisory services. TripAdvisor has a market cap of $6.2 billion and is part of the internet industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 34.8, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 13.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate TripAdvisor a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 12 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates TripAdvisor as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its notable return on equity, good cash flow from operations and solid stock price performance. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the company has favored debt over equity in the management of its balance sheet. Get the full TripAdvisor Ratings Report now.

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