Today's Stocks Driving Success For 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 3 points (0.0%) at 16,578 as of Thursday, May 1, 2014, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,778 issues advancing vs. 1,187 declining with 180 unchanged.

The Technology sector currently sits up 0.8% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.1%. Top gainers within the sector include Catamaran ( CTRX), up 12.2%, 3D Systems ( DDD), up 7.5%, Vipshop Holdings ( VIPS), up 6.4%, Gartner ( IT), up 6.5% and Qihoo 360 Technology ( QIHU), up 5.7%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include JDS Uniphase Corp (CA ( JDSU), down 13.2%, Ansys ( ANSS), down 3.9%, Motorola Solutions ( MSI), down 3.5%, China Telecom ( CHA), down 1.7% and China Unicom (Hong Kong ( CHU), down 1.4%.

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

3. Yelp ( YELP) is one of the companies pushing the Technology sector higher today. As of noon trading, Yelp is up $7.23 (12.4%) to $65.55 on heavy volume. Thus far, 14.4 million shares of Yelp exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $61.70-$66.69 after having opened the day at $63.25 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $58.32.

Yelp Inc. operates as an online local guide that connects people primarily with boutiques, mechanics, restaurants, and dentists. Yelp has a market cap of $3.6 billion and is part of the internet industry. Shares are down 15.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 19 analysts who rate Yelp a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 10 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Yelp as a sell. The area that we feel has been the company's primary weakness has been its disappointing return on equity. Get the full Yelp Ratings Report now.

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