3 Technology Stocks Nudging The Sector Higher

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All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 29 points (-0.2%) at 16,714 as of Tuesday, June 3, 2014, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,066 issues advancing vs. 1,889 declining with 193 unchanged.

The Technology sector currently sits down 0.7% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.1%. Top gainers within the sector include InterDigital ( IDCC), up 20.1%, Skyworks Solutions ( SWKS), up 5.5%, Applied Materials ( AMAT), up 3.2%, Lam Research ( LRCX), up 3.1% and Broadcom ( BRCM), up 3.0%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Qihoo 360 Technology ( QIHU), down 3.1%, Thomson Reuters ( TRI), down 1.9%, Adobe Systems ( ADBE), down 1.5%, Wipro ( WIT), down 1.4% and China Telecom ( CHA), down 1.1%.

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

3. Hewlett-Packard ( HPQ) is one of the companies pushing the Technology sector higher today. As of noon trading, Hewlett-Packard is up $0.22 (0.7%) to $33.66 on light volume. Thus far, 4.0 million shares of Hewlett-Packard exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 12.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $33.23-$33.81 after having opened the day at $33.42 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $33.43.

Hewlett-Packard Company, together with its subsidiaries, provides products, technologies, software, solutions, and services to individual consumers, small-and medium-sized businesses (SMBs), and large enterprises, including customers in the government, health, and education sectors worldwide. Hewlett-Packard has a market cap of $63.5 billion and is part of the computer hardware industry. Shares are up 19.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 9 analysts who rate Hewlett-Packard a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 10 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Hewlett-Packard as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth and attractive valuation levels. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including weak operating cash flow and poor profit margins. Get the full Hewlett-Packard Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Intel ( INTC) is up $0.23 (0.8%) to $27.49 on average volume. Thus far, 13.4 million shares of Intel exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 28.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $27.12-$27.50 after having opened the day at $27.22 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $27.26.

Intel Corporation designs, manufactures, and sells integrated digital technology platforms worldwide. It operates through PC Client Group, Data Center Group, Other Intel Architecture, Software and Services, and All Other segments. Intel has a market cap of $136.0 billion and is part of the electronics industry. Shares are up 5.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 11 analysts who rate Intel a buy, 4 analysts rate it a sell, and 14 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Intel 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, reasonable valuation levels, 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. Get the full Intel Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Apple ( AAPL) is up $7.05 (1.1%) to $635.70 on average volume. Thus far, 7.0 million shares of Apple exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 9.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $628.25-$638.74 after having opened the day at $628.46 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $628.65.

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 $545.3 billion and is part of the consumer durables industry. Shares are up 12.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 30 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, notable return on equity, expanding profit margins 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 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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