SAP, MSI, TXN, HPQ And MU, Pushing Technology Sector Downward

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All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 55 points (-0.4%) at 14,948 as of Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2013, 12:49 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 846 issues advancing vs. 2,101 declining with 78 unchanged.

The Technology sector currently sits down 0.4% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.4%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Turkcell Iletisim Hizmetleri AS ( TKC), down 4.4%, China Unicom (Hong Kong ( CHU), down 2.9%, Wipro ( WIT), down 2.8%, Tim Holding Company ( TSU), down 2.7% and LM Ericsson Telephone Company ( ERIC), down 2.4%. Top gainers within the sector include Telekomunikasi Indonesia (Persero) Tbk ( TLK), up 1.7%, Oracle Corporation ( ORCL), up 1.0%, Microsoft Corporation ( MSFT), up 1.1% and Accenture ( ACN), up 0.8%.

TheStreet would like to highlight 5 stocks pushing the sector lower today:

5. Sap ( SAP) is one of the companies pushing the Technology sector lower today. As of noon trading, Sap is down $0.45 (-0.6%) to $75.20 on average volume. Thus far, 608,142 shares of Sap exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $74.92-$75.78 after having opened the day at $75.60 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $75.65.

SAP AG provides enterprise application software and software-related services worldwide. It offers products in applications, analytics, cloud, mobile, and database and technology categories. Sap has a market cap of $90.1 billion and is part of the computer software & services industry. Shares are down 5.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate Sap a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 12 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Sap as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, reasonable valuation levels, 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 Sap Ratings Report now.

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4. As of noon trading, Motorola Solutions ( MSI) is down $0.87 (-1.5%) to $56.18 on average volume. Thus far, 1.2 million shares of Motorola Solutions exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $55.78-$57.00 after having opened the day at $56.86 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $57.05.

Motorola Solutions, Inc. provides mission critical communication infrastructure, devices, software, and services worldwide. It operates in two segments, Government and Enterprise. Motorola Solutions has a market cap of $15.5 billion and is part of the telecommunications industry. Shares are up 2.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate Motorola Solutions a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Motorola Solutions as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, notable return on equity and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full Motorola Solutions Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, Texas Instruments ( TXN) is down $0.58 (-1.5%) to $38.17 on average volume. Thus far, 3.7 million shares of Texas Instruments exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 7.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $38.00-$38.42 after having opened the day at $38.30 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $38.75.

Texas Instruments Incorporated engages in the design, manufacture, sale of semiconductors to electronics designers and manufacturers worldwide. The company operates in four segments: Analog, Embedded Processing, Wireless, and Other. Texas Instruments has a market cap of $42.5 billion and is part of the electronics industry. Shares are up 24.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 9 analysts that rate Texas Instruments a buy, 4 analysts rate it a sell, and 20 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Texas Instruments as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, compelling growth in net income, notable return on equity, expanding profit margins and good cash flow from operations. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results. Get the full Texas Instruments Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Hewlett-Packard ( HPQ) is down $0.31 (-1.2%) to $25.53 on average volume. Thus far, 8.3 million shares of Hewlett-Packard exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 14.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $25.41-$26.04 after having opened the day at $25.93 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $25.84.

Hewlett-Packard Company and its subsidiaries provide products, technologies, software, solutions, and services to individual consumers, small-and medium-sized businesses (SMBs), and large enterprises, including customers in the government, health, and education sectors worldwide. Hewlett-Packard has a market cap of $49.9 billion and is part of the computer hardware industry. Shares are up 81.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate Hewlett-Packard a buy, 5 analysts rate it a sell, and 12 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Hewlett-Packard as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance and good cash flow from operations. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, generally higher debt management risk and disappointing return on equity. Get the full Hewlett-Packard Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Micron Technology ( MU) is down $0.22 (-1.6%) to $13.58 on light volume. Thus far, 15.0 million shares of Micron Technology exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 43.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $13.56-$13.90 after having opened the day at $13.81 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $13.80.

Micron Technology, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, engages in the manufacture and marketing of semiconductor devices worldwide. Micron Technology has a market cap of $14.3 billion and is part of the electronics industry. Shares are up 117.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 14 analysts that rate Micron Technology a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Micron Technology as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance and compelling growth in net income. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that we feel that the company's cash flow from its operations has been weak overall. Get the full Micron Technology Ratings Report now.

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If you are interested in one of these 5 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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