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Cisco Systems ( CSCO) pushed the Technology sector higher today making it today's featured technology winner. The sector as a whole was unchanged today. By the end of trading, Cisco Systems rose $0.77 (3.6%) to $22.34 on average volume. Throughout the day, 52,668,035 shares of Cisco Systems exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 41,832,400 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $21.65-$22.36 after having opened the day at $21.69 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $21.57. Other companies within the Technology sector that increased today were: Plug Power ( PLUG), up 49.0%, Varonis Systems ( VRNS), up 19.9%, Coupons.com Incorporated ( COUP), up 11.9% and Professional Diversity Network ( IPDN), up 11.0%.

Cisco Systems, Inc. designs, manufactures, and sells Internet protocol (IP) and other products related to the communications and information technology industry worldwide. Cisco Systems has a market cap of $111.5 billion and is part of the computer hardware industry. Shares are down 3.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 18 analysts that rate Cisco Systems a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Cisco Systems as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its reasonable valuation levels, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, expanding profit margins and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

On the negative front, Microvision ( MVIS), down 14.9%, Sky-mobi ( MOBI), down 13.3%, Himax Technologies ( HIMX), down 11.4% and Cover-All Technologies ( COVR), down 9.1% , were all laggards within the technology sector with SINA Corporation ( SINA) 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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