Qihoo 360 Technology Co. Ltd. (QIHU): Today's Featured Technology Winner

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Qihoo 360 Technology ( QIHU) pushed the Technology sector higher today making it today's featured technology winner. The sector as a whole closed the day up 1.8%. By the end of trading, Qihoo 360 Technology rose $6.90 (11.0%) to $69.44 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 4,691,487 shares of Qihoo 360 Technology exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2,088,300 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $63.10-$69.80 after having opened the day at $63.25 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $62.54. Other companies within the Technology sector that increased today were: Voltari ( VLTC), up 1452.1%, Alvarion ( ALVR), up 21.4%, Mattersight ( MATR), up 16.9% and Glowpoint ( GLOW), up 16.2%.

Qihoo 360 Technology Co. Ltd. provides Internet and mobile security products in the People's Republic of China. Qihoo 360 Technology has a market cap of $8.3 billion and is part of the internet industry. Shares are up 110.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate Qihoo 360 Technology a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Qihoo 360 Technology as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and solid stock price performance. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity and premium valuation.

On the negative front, DTS ( DTSI), down 12.7%, Bitauto Holdings ( BITA), down 11.6%, Aetrium Incorporated ( ATRM), down 9.5% and Deltathree ( DDDC), down 9.1% , were all laggards within the technology sector with Infosys ( INFY) 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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