3 Stocks Improving Performance Of The Technology Sector

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All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 146 points (0.9%) at 16,972 as of Tuesday, July 1, 2014, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 2,159 issues advancing vs. 828 declining with 170 unchanged.

The Technology sector currently sits up 1.3% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.8%. Top gainers within the sector include 3D Systems ( DDD), up 13.1%, Stratasys ( SSYS), up 10.9%, Micron Technology ( MU), up 4.2%, Seagate Technology ( STX), up 3.8% and SK Telecom ( SKM), up 3.7%. A company within the sector that fell today was Tim Participacoes ( TSU), up 2.9%.

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

3. Amazon.com ( AMZN) is one of the companies pushing the Technology sector higher today. As of noon trading, Amazon.com is up $7.11 (2.2%) to $331.89 on light volume. Thus far, 1.7 million shares of Amazon.com exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $325.10-$332.32 after having opened the day at $325.86 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $324.78.

Amazon.com, Inc. operates as an online retailer in North America and internationally. The company operates in two segments, North America and International. Amazon.com has a market cap of $149.4 billion and is part of the retail industry. Shares are down 18.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 25 analysts who rate Amazon.com a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Amazon.com as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, impressive record of earnings per share growth and increase in stock price during the past year. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including weak operating cash flow and poor profit margins. Get the full Amazon.com Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Facebook ( FB) is up $0.95 (1.4%) to $68.24 on light volume. Thus far, 18.8 million shares of Facebook exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 61.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $67.39-$68.44 after having opened the day at $67.58 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $67.29.

Facebook, Inc. operates as a social networking company worldwide. It provides a set of development tools and application programming interfaces that enable developers to integrate with Facebook to create mobile and Web applications. Facebook has a market cap of $134.8 billion and is part of the internet industry. Shares are up 23.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 32 analysts who rate Facebook a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Facebook 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 impressive record of earnings per share growth. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the stock itself is trading at a premium valuation. Get the full Facebook Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Apple ( AAPL) is up $0.96 (1.0%) to $93.89 on light volume. Thus far, 21.4 million shares of Apple exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 67.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $93.13-$94.00 after having opened the day at $93.52 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $92.93.

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 $554.6 billion and is part of the consumer durables industry. Shares are up 15.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 29 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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