Editor's Note: 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 All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 72 points (0.5%) at 14,749 as of Thursday, April 25, 2013, 12:50 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 2,049 issues advancing vs. 833 declining with 158 unchanged. The Technology sector currently sits up 3.0% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.7%. Top gainers within the sector include Voltari ( VLTC), up 1414.8%, Akamai Technologies ( AKAM), up 20.1%, Yandex ( YNDX), up 13.3%, Crown Castle International ( CCI), up 5.5% and Western Digital Corporation ( WDC), up 4.5%. A company within the sector that fell today was Qualcomm ( QCOM), up 6.06. TheStreet Ratings group would like to highlight 5 stocks pushing the sector higher today: 5. Applied Materials ( AMAT) is one of the companies pushing the Technology sector higher today. As of noon trading, Applied Materials is up $0.48 (3.48) to $14.10 on average volume Thus far, 8.4 million shares of Applied Materials exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 12.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $13.67-$14.15 after having opened the day at $13.74 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $13.63. Applied Materials, Inc. provides manufacturing equipment, services, and software to the semiconductor, flat panel display, solar photovoltaic (PV), and related industries worldwide. Applied Materials has a market cap of $16.1 billion and is part of the electronics industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 447.7, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 17.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. TheStreet Ratings rates Applied Materials as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in stock price during the past year, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity and weak operating cash flow. Get the full Applied Materials Ratings Report now. Exclusive Offer: Jim Cramer's 'go-to' small/mid-cap guru Bryan Ashenberg only buys stocks he thinks could return 50-100%. See his top picks for 14-days FREE.