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Oracle Corporation ( ORCL) pushed the Technology sector higher today making it today's featured technology winner. The sector as a whole closed the day up 1.3%. By the end of trading, Oracle Corporation rose $0.47 (1.3%) to $37.19 on light volume. Throughout the day, 13,114,738 shares of Oracle Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 18,309,000 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $36.71-$37.23 after having opened the day at $36.77 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $36.72. Other companies within the Technology sector that increased today were: SMART Technologies ( SMT), up 28.1%, LiveDeal ( LIVE), up 19.8%, Lattice Semiconductor ( LSCC), up 14.7% and Aeroflex ( ARX), up 14.6%.

Oracle Corporation develops, manufactures, markets, hosts, and supports database and middleware software, applications software, and hardware systems. Oracle Corporation has a market cap of $161.7 billion and is part of the computer software & services industry. Shares are down 4.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 15 analysts that rate Oracle Corporation a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Oracle Corporation as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its notable return on equity, reasonable valuation levels, expanding profit margins, good cash flow from operations and growth in earnings per share. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

On the negative front, Giga-tronics ( GIGA), down 18.8%, Echelon Corporation ( ELON), down 16.6%, Linktone ( LTON), down 16.5% and Internet Initiative Japan ( IIJI), down 12.8% , were all laggards within the technology sector with BlackBerry ( BBRY) being today's technology sector laggard.

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