3 Technology Stocks On The Rise

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All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 3 points (0.0%) at 14,977 as of Monday, May 6, 2013, 12:49 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,675 issues advancing vs. 1,221 declining with 157 unchanged.

The Technology sector currently sits up 0.6% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.2%. Top gainers within the sector include Apple ( AAPL), up 2.4%, Google ( GOOG), up 1.1% and Microsoft Corporation ( MSFT), up 0.6%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Telecom Italia SpA ( TI), down 2.71, America Movil S.A.B. de C.V ( AMX), down 1.05 and America Movil S.A.B. de C.V ( AMOV), down 0.83.

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

3. Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing ( TSM) is one of the companies pushing the Technology sector higher today. As of noon trading, Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing is up $0.14 (0.72) to $19.55 on light volume Thus far, 3.7 million shares of Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 10.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $19.48-$19.63 after having opened the day at $19.49 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $19.41.

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company Limited engages in the computer-aided design, manufacture, packaging, testing, sale, and marketing of integrated circuits and other semiconductor devices. Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing has a market cap of $101.3 billion and is part of the electronics industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 18.6, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 13.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 2 analysts that rate Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, notable return on equity, solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth and compelling growth in net income. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results. Get the full Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Emerson Electric ( EMR) is up $0.62 (1.09) to $57.44 on average volume Thus far, 2.2 million shares of Emerson Electric exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $56.67-$57.68 after having opened the day at $56.84 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $56.82.

Emerson Electric Co., a diversified technology company, engages in designing and supplying products and technology, and providing engineering services and solutions to the industrial, commercial, and consumer markets worldwide. Emerson Electric has a market cap of $40.3 billion and is part of the electronics industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 20.0, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 7.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate Emerson Electric a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 14 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Emerson Electric as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in net income, revenue growth, increase in stock price during the past year, good cash flow from operations and expanding profit margins. Although no company is perfect, currently we do not see any significant weaknesses which are likely to detract from the generally positive outlook. Get the full Emerson Electric Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Baidu ( BIDU) is up $2.53 (2.99) to $87.04 on average volume Thus far, 2.7 million shares of Baidu exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $84.86-$87.77 after having opened the day at $84.91 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $84.51.

Baidu, Inc. provides Internet search services. Baidu has a market cap of $29.7 billion and is part of the internet industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 16.0, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 15.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate Baidu a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Baidu as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, expanding profit margins and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself. Get the full Baidu 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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