Crown Castle International Corp (CCI): Today's Featured Technology Winner

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Crown Castle International ( CCI) pushed the Technology sector higher today making it today's featured technology winner. The sector as a whole closed the day up 1.2%. By the end of trading, Crown Castle International rose $1.78 (2.4%) to $76.29 on average volume. Throughout the day, 2,631,842 shares of Crown Castle International exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2,668,900 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $74.58-$76.54 after having opened the day at $74.58 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $74.51. Other companies within the Technology sector that increased today were: Microvision ( MVIS), up 97.8%, Applied Optoelectronics ( AAOI), up 19.7%, Sky-mobi ( MOBI), up 17.4% and Dealertrack Technologies ( TRAK), up 15.2%.

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 that 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.

On the negative front, ClearSign Combustion ( CLIR), down 9.6%, Ambient Corporation ( AMBT), down 7.0%, Control4 ( CTRL), down 6.9% and Vimicro International Corporation ( VIMC), down 6.7% , were all laggards within the technology sector with NetEase ( NTES) being today's technology sector laggard.

For investors not wanting singular stock exposure, 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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