Today's Top Performers In Technology

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All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 72 points (0.4%) at 16,112 as of Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014, 11:55 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,810 issues advancing vs. 1,095 declining with 165 unchanged.

The Technology sector currently sits up 0.6% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.3%. Top gainers within the sector include Verizon Communications ( VZ), up 2.9%, Telekomunikasi Indonesia (Persero) Tbk ( TLK), up 2.2%, AT&T ( T), up 1.2%, Emerson Electric ( EMR), up 1.0% and Intel ( INTC), up 1.0%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include America Movil S.A.B. de C.V ( AMOV), down 3.9%, China Telecom ( CHA), down 3.5%, America Movil S.A.B. de C.V ( AMX), down 2.1%, China Unicom (Hong Kong ( CHU), down 2.1% and Salesforce.com ( CRM), down 1.3%.

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

3. HomeAway ( AWAY) is one of the companies pushing the Technology sector higher today. As of noon trading, HomeAway is up $5.29 (12.3%) to $48.25 on heavy volume. Thus far, 3.9 million shares of HomeAway exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $44.73-$48.90 after having opened the day at $45.98 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $42.96.

HomeAway, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, operates an online marketplace for the vacation rental industry worldwide. Its vacation rental properties include homes, condominiums, villas, and cabins to the public on a nightly, weekly, or monthly basis. HomeAway has a market cap of $3.9 billion and is part of the internet industry. Shares are up 4.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 8 analysts who rate HomeAway a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates HomeAway 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 solid stock price performance. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the company's return on equity has been disappointing. Get the full HomeAway Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Crown Castle International ( CCI) is up $1.16 (1.6%) to $75.67 on light volume. Thus far, 766,247 shares of Crown Castle International exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $74.58-$75.73 after having opened the day at $74.58 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $74.51.

Crown Castle International Corp., together with is subsidiaries, owns, operates, and leases shared wireless infrastructure primarily in the United States, Puerto Rico, and Australia. Crown Castle International has a market cap of $24.9 billion and is part of the telecommunications industry. Shares are up 1.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 12 analysts who rate Crown Castle International a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Crown Castle International as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, good cash flow from operations and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, generally higher debt management risk and disappointing return on equity. Get the full Crown Castle International Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Juniper Networks ( JNPR) is up $0.80 (2.9%) to $28.00 on heavy volume. Thus far, 7.7 million shares of Juniper Networks exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 9.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $27.48-$28.39 after having opened the day at $27.56 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $27.20.

Juniper Networks, Inc. designs, develops, and sells products and services that provide network infrastructure for networking requirements of service providers, enterprises, governments, and research and public sector organizations worldwide. Juniper Networks has a market cap of $13.9 billion and is part of the computer hardware industry. Shares are up 21.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 11 analysts who rate Juniper Networks a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 13 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Juniper Networks 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, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income and good cash flow from operations. 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 Juniper Networks 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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