3 Stocks Advancing The Technology Sector

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Two out of the three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 14 points (-0.1%) at 16,140 as of Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014, 12:00 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 2,063 issues advancing vs. 873 declining with 164 unchanged.

The Technology sector currently sits up 1.0% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.2%. Top gainers within the sector include SolarCity ( SCTY), up 7.0%, 3D Systems Corporation ( DDD), up 6.3%, BT Group ( BT), up 5.0%, Telecom Italia SpA ( TI.A), up 3.5% and Telecom Italia SpA ( TI), up 2.7%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Semiconductor Manufacturing International C ( SMI), down 19.0%, Symantec ( SYMC), down 1.9%, Amazon.com ( AMZN), down 2.0%, China Telecom ( CHA), down 1.2% and America Movil S.A.B. de C.V ( AMOV), down 1.0%.

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

3. LinkedIn ( LNKD) is one of the companies pushing the Technology sector higher today. As of noon trading, LinkedIn is up $3.18 (1.7%) to $189.31 on heavy volume. Thus far, 2.0 million shares of LinkedIn exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $185.04-$190.74 after having opened the day at $186.21 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $186.13.

LinkedIn Corporation operates an online professional network. LinkedIn has a market cap of $19.3 billion and is part of the internet industry. Shares are down 14.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 19 analysts who rate LinkedIn a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 14 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates LinkedIn as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its unimpressive growth in net income and disappointing return on equity. Get the full LinkedIn Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Baidu ( BIDU) is up $3.06 (1.8%) to $170.54 on average volume. Thus far, 1.8 million shares of Baidu exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $168.93-$171.43 after having opened the day at $170.00 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $167.48.

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 $58.6 billion and is part of the internet industry. Shares are down 5.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 11 analysts who rate Baidu a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 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, Apple ( AAPL) is up $5.80 (1.1%) to $549.79 on average volume. Thus far, 4.9 million shares of Apple exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 12.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $545.61-$551.19 after having opened the day at $546.00 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $543.99.

Apple Inc. and its wholly-owned subsidiaries design, manufacture, and market mobile communication and media devices, personal computers, and portable digital music players worldwide. Apple has a market cap of $485.2 billion and is part of the consumer durables industry. Shares are down 3.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 26 analysts who rate Apple a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 9 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Apple 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, expanding profit margins, increase in stock price during the past year and growth in earnings per share. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full Apple Ratings Report now.

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If you are interested in one of these 3 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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