Yahoo! Inc (YHOO): Today's Featured Technology Winner

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Yahoo ( YHOO) pushed the Technology sector higher today making it today's featured technology winner. The sector as a whole closed the day up 1.0%. By the end of trading, Yahoo rose $1.02 (3.0%) to $34.89 on average volume. Throughout the day, 23,655,347 shares of Yahoo exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 16,305,000 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $33.96-$35.06 after having opened the day at $33.96 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $33.88. Other companies within the Technology sector that increased today were: CSR ( CSRE), up 196.2%, Sky-mobi ( MOBI), up 31.0%, Zoom Technologies ( ZOOM), up 30.1% and Vimicro International Corporation ( VIMC), up 21.7%.

Yahoo! Inc., a technology company, provides search, content, and communication tools on the Web and on mobile devices worldwide. Yahoo has a market cap of $31.9 billion and is part of the internet industry. Shares are up 57.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 10 analysts that rate Yahoo a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 14 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Yahoo 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, reasonable valuation levels and expanding profit margins. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results.

On the negative front, Friendfinder Networks ( FFN), down 93.0%, Alteva ( ALTV), down 29.2%, FAB Universal ( FU), down 9.1% and Monster Offers ( MONT), down 8.3% , were all laggards within the technology sector with Telefonica Brasil S.A ( VIV) 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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