Activision Blizzard Inc. (ATVI): Today's Featured Technology Laggard

Activision Blizzard ( ATVI) pushed the Technology sector lower today making it today's featured Technology laggard. The sector as a whole closed the day up 0.8%. By the end of trading, Activision Blizzard fell $0.30 (-2.0%) to $15.01 on light volume. Throughout the day, 5,604,059 shares of Activision Blizzard exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 7,668,900 shares. The stock ranged in price between $14.90-$15.31 after having opened the day at $15.24 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $15.31. Other companies within the Technology sector that declined today were: Wave Systems Corporation ( WAVX), down 14.9%, Sprint Nextel ( S), down 10.2%, Ascent Solar Technologies ( ASTI), down 7.2% and Cimatron ( CIMT), down 7.2%.

Activision Blizzard, Inc. publishes online, personal computer (PC), console, handheld, and mobile interactive entertainment products worldwide. It operates in three segments: Activision, Blizzard, and Distribution. Activision Blizzard has a market cap of $16.7 billion and is part of the computer software & services industry. Shares are up 40.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 18 analysts that rate Activision Blizzard a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Activision Blizzard as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, increase in stock price during the past year, attractive valuation levels and expanding profit margins. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results.

On the positive front, Deltathree ( DDDC), up 277.8%, iGo ( IGOI), up 49.3%, WebMD Health Corporation ( WBMD), up 25.4% and Netlist ( NLST), up 18.2% , were all gainers within the technology sector with Xilinx ( XLNX) being today's featured technology sector leader.

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