BlackBerry Ltd (BBRY): Today's Featured Technology Winner

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BlackBerry ( BBRY) pushed the Technology sector higher today making it today's featured technology winner. The sector as a whole closed the day down 0.3%. By the end of trading, BlackBerry rose $0.10 (1.1%) to $8.82 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 108,943,871 shares of BlackBerry exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 26,244,400 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $8.19-$9.20 after having opened the day at $8.26 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $8.72. Other companies within the Technology sector that increased today were: Sungame ( SGMZ), up 57.5%, Pointer Telocation ( PNTR), up 14.0%, Mad Catz Interactive ( MCZ), up 11.2% and Xyratex ( XRTX), up 8.8%.

BlackBerry Limited engages in the design, manufacture, and marketing of wireless solutions worldwide. BlackBerry has a market cap of $5.4 billion and is part of the telecommunications industry. Shares are down 11.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate BlackBerry a buy, 12 analysts rate it a sell, and 9 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates BlackBerry as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its disappointing return on equity and weak operating cash flow.

On the negative front, LookSmart ( LOOK), down 17.8%, Glowpoint ( GLOW), down 13.8%, Smith Micro Software ( SMSI), down 13.3% and Daqo New Energy ( DQ), down 10.7% , were all laggards within the technology sector with Yelp ( YELP) 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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