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

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Activision Blizzard ( ATVI) pushed the Technology sector higher today making it today's featured technology winner. The sector as a whole closed the day down 0.4%. By the end of trading, Activision Blizzard rose $0.81 (4.6%) to $18.27 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 20,688,195 shares of Activision Blizzard exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 7,592,000 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $17.38-$18.39 after having opened the day at $17.43 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $17.46. Other companies within the Technology sector that increased today were: SatCon Technology Corporation ( SATC), up 60.0%, Friendfinder Networks ( FFN), up 32.7%, Interphase ( INPH), up 23.7% and Orion Energy Systems ( OESX), up 14.2%.

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 $17.0 billion and is part of the computer software & services industry. Shares are up 42.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. 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, solid stock price performance, attractive valuation levels 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.

On the negative front, Dataram Corporation ( DRAM), down 33.8%, Shanda Games ( GAME), down 20.2%, Changyou.com ( CYOU), down 19.9% and Alvarion ( ALVR), down 14.8% , were all laggards within the technology sector with NetApp ( NTAP) being today's technology sector laggard.

For investors not wanting singular stock exposure, 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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