3 Technology Stocks Pushing Sector Growth

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All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 44 points (-0.3%) at 15,515 as of Monday, July 29, 2013, 12:50 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 829 issues advancing vs. 2,095 declining with 99 unchanged.

The Technology sector currently sits down 0.5% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.4%. Top gainers within the sector include Activision Blizzard ( ATVI), up 3.5%, Facebook Inc Class A ( FB), up 2.5%, Wipro ( WIT), up 1.8%, Thomson Reuters Corporation ( TRI), up 1.5% and Baidu ( BIDU), up 1.2%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Changyou.com ( CYOU), down 20.9%, NetSuite ( N), down 4.6%, America Movil S.A.B. de C.V ( AMOV), down 3.6%, LinkedIn ( LNKD), down 2.9% and Roper Industries ( ROP), down 2.7%.

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

3. Verizon Communications ( VZ) is one of the companies pushing the Technology sector higher today. As of noon trading, Verizon Communications is up $0.40 (0.8%) to $51.42 on light volume. Thus far, 3.6 million shares of Verizon Communications exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 11.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $50.92-$51.50 after having opened the day at $51.03 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $51.02.

Verizon Communications Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides communications, information and entertainment products and services to consumers, businesses, and governmental agencies worldwide. Verizon Communications has a market cap of $150.5 billion and is part of the telecommunications industry. Shares are up 17.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 14 analysts that rate Verizon Communications a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 15 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Verizon Communications as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, increase in net income, good cash flow from operations, expanding profit margins and growth in earnings per share. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated. Get the full Verizon Communications Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, AT&T ( T) is up $0.33 (0.9%) to $35.93 on light volume. Thus far, 8.2 million shares of AT&T exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 24.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $35.57-$35.95 after having opened the day at $35.64 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $35.60.

AT&T Inc. provides telecommunications services to consumers, businesses, and other providers in the United States and internationally. The company operates in three segments: Wireless, Wireline, and Other. AT&T has a market cap of $190.8 billion and is part of the telecommunications industry. Shares are up 5.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate AT&T a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 19 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates AT&T as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, growth in earnings per share, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, notable return on equity and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full AT&T Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Apple ( AAPL) is up $6.50 (1.5%) to $447.49 on light volume. Thus far, 5.0 million shares of Apple exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 13.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $440.20-$448.78 after having opened the day at $440.80 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $440.99.

Apple Inc., together with subsidiaries, designs, manufactures, and markets personal computers, mobile communication devices, and portable digital music and video players, as well as sells various related software, services, peripherals, and networking solutions. Apple has a market cap of $398.4 billion and is part of the consumer durables industry. Shares are down 17.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 29 analysts that rate Apple a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Apple 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, expanding profit margins and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself. Get the full Apple 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).

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