SAP, MSI, VZ, T And FB, Pushing Technology Sector Downward

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Two out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 57 points (-0.3%) at 16,357 as of Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014, 11:55 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,698 issues advancing vs. 1,213 declining with 185 unchanged.

The Technology sector currently sits up 0.3% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.1%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include ABB ( ABB), down 4.1%, International Business Machines ( IBM), down 3.8%, Telefonica ( TEF), down 1.6%, Telekomunikasi Indonesia (Persero) Tbk ( TLK), down 1.2% and Amazon.com ( AMZN), down 1.0%. Top gainers within the sector include America Movil S.A.B. de C.V ( AMOV), up 6.2%, Cerner Corporation ( CERN), up 2.9%, China Telecom ( CHA), up 2.4%, China Unicom (Hong Kong ( CHU), up 1.9% and Apple ( AAPL), up 1.2%.

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 $1.53 (-1.9%) to $79.88 on heavy volume. Thus far, 859,369 shares of Sap exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $79.75-$80.37 after having opened the day at $80.35 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $81.41.

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 $98.2 billion and is part of the computer software & services industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 21.9, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 6.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate Sap a buy, 1 analyst rates 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 increase in stock price during the past year. 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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4. As of noon trading, Motorola Solutions ( MSI) is down $2.42 (-3.6%) to $64.70 on heavy volume. Thus far, 1.7 million shares of Motorola Solutions exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $62.68-$65.67 after having opened the day at $63.84 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $67.11.

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 $17.1 billion and is part of the telecommunications industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 16.9, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 0.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate Motorola Solutions a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 9 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 impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, notable return on equity, increase in stock price during the past year 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, Verizon Communications ( VZ) is down $0.50 (-1.1%) to $47.20 on average volume. Thus far, 7.0 million shares of Verizon Communications exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 11.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $47.09-$47.52 after having opened the day at $47.44 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $47.70.

Verizon Communications Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides communications, information and entertainment products and services to consumers, businesses, and governmental agencies worldwide. Verizon Communications has a market cap of $138.3 billion and is part of the telecommunications industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 63.6, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 2.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 20 analysts that rate Verizon Communications a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Verizon Communications as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, increase in net income, good cash flow from operations, expanding profit margins and growth in earnings per share. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity. Get the full Verizon Communications Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, AT&T ( T) is down $0.21 (-0.6%) to $33.36 on light volume. Thus far, 7.1 million shares of AT&T exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 22.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $33.31-$33.66 after having opened the day at $33.60 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $33.57.

AT&T Inc. provides telecommunications services to consumers and businesses in the United States and internationally. The company operates through Wireless, Wireline, and Other segments. AT&T has a market cap of $177.5 billion and is part of the telecommunications industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 23.4, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 4.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 9 analysts that rate AT&T a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 18 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates AT&T as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, growth in earnings per share, increase in net income, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full AT&T Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Facebook Inc Class A ( FB) is down $0.79 (-1.4%) to $57.72 on average volume. Thus far, 33.6 million shares of Facebook Inc Class A exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 70.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $57.14-$59.31 after having opened the day at $58.85 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $58.51.

Facebook, Inc. operates as a social networking company worldwide. It builds various tools that enable users to connect, share, discover, and communicate with each other on mobile devices and computers. Facebook Inc Class A has a market cap of $105.8 billion and is part of the internet industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 137.3, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 7.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 29 analysts that rate Facebook Inc Class A a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Facebook Inc Class A 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 impressive record of earnings per share growth. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the company's return on equity has been disappointing. Get the full Facebook Inc Class A 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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