3 Stocks Pushing The Technology Sector Downward

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One out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 14 points (0.1%) at 16,456 as of Friday, Jan. 3, 2014, 11:55 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,718 issues advancing vs. 1,181 declining with 172 unchanged.

The Technology sector currently sits up 0.4% versus the S&P 500, which is unchanged. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include VimpelCom ( VIP), down 3.0%, Micron Technology ( MU), down 2.8%, Verizon Communications ( VZ), down 1.4%, China Telecom ( CHA), down 1.3% and China Unicom (Hong Kong ( CHU), down 1.2%. Top gainers within the sector include Portugal Telecom ( PT), up 9.5%, Telecom Italia SpA ( TI), up 8.1%, Tim Participacoes SA ADR ( TSU), up 7.8%, Telecom Italia SpA ( TI.A), up 6.3% and Telefonica Brasil S.A ( VIV), up 3.2%.

TheStreet would like to highlight 3 stocks pushing the sector lower today:

3. Sap ( SAP) is one of the companies pushing the Technology sector lower today. As of noon trading, Sap is down $0.89 (-1.1%) to $84.02 on average volume. Thus far, 724,662 shares of Sap exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $83.94-$84.36 after having opened the day at $84.04 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $84.91.

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 $104.0 billion and is part of the computer software & services industry. Shares are down 2.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate Sap a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 7 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, reasonable valuation levels, compelling growth in net income, expanding profit margins and growth in earnings per share. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full Sap Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Baidu ( BIDU) is down $4.59 (-2.5%) to $175.40 on average volume. Thus far, 1.6 million shares of Baidu exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $175.40-$180.30 after having opened the day at $179.73 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $179.99.

Baidu, Inc. provides Chinese language Internet search services. It also offers a Chinese language search platform for businesses to reach their customers. Baidu has a market cap of $62.2 billion and is part of the internet industry. Shares are up 1.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 10 analysts that rate Baidu a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Baidu as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, solid stock price performance, growth in earnings per share, expanding profit margins and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. 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 Baidu Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Microsoft Corporation ( MSFT) is down $0.48 (-1.3%) to $36.68 on light volume. Thus far, 10.4 million shares of Microsoft Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 40.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $36.66-$37.22 after having opened the day at $37.20 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $37.16.

Microsoft Corporation (Microsoft) develops, licenses, and supports software, services, and hardware devices worldwide. Microsoft Corporation has a market cap of $312.3 billion and is part of the computer software & services industry. Shares are down 0.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 10 analysts that rate Microsoft Corporation a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 13 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Microsoft Corporation 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, notable return on equity, attractive valuation levels and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full Microsoft Corporation Ratings Report now.

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If you are interested in one of these 4 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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