3 Stocks Improving Performance Of The Technology Sector

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All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 65 points (-0.4%) at 17,004 as of Monday, July 7, 2014, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 894 issues advancing vs. 2,148 declining with 116 unchanged.

The Technology sector currently sits down 1.2% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.5%. Top gainers within the sector include Infosys ( INFY), up 3.3%, Apple ( AAPL), up 1.0%, Sap ( SAP), up 0.6% and Microsoft ( MSFT), up 0.6%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Telecom Italia SpA ( TI), down 2.6%, Xerox Corporation ( XRX), down 2.7%, Rogers Communications ( RCI), down 1.7%, Telecom Italia SpA ( TI.A), down 2.3% and TELUS ( TU), down 1.4%.

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

3. United Microelectronics ( UMC) is one of the companies pushing the Technology sector higher today. As of noon trading, United Microelectronics is up $0.12 (5.1%) to $2.56 on average volume. Thus far, 764,655 shares of United Microelectronics exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $2.53-$2.56 after having opened the day at $2.55 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $2.44.

United Microelectronics Corporation provides semiconductor wafer foundry solutions. United Microelectronics has a market cap of $6.3 billion and is part of the electronics industry. Shares are up 23.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there is 1 analyst who rates United Microelectronics a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates United Microelectronics as a hold. 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 and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity and weak operating cash flow. Get the full United Microelectronics Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Telekomunikasi Indonesia (Persero) Tbk ( TLK) is up $2.44 (5.8%) to $44.26 on average volume. Thus far, 132,419 shares of Telekomunikasi Indonesia (Persero) Tbk exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 260,000 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $43.75-$44.40 after having opened the day at $43.96 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $41.82.

PT Telekomunikasi Indonesia, Tbk provides network and telecommunication services to individual and home customers, companies, and institutions in worldwide. It operates through four segments: Personal, Home, Corporate, and Others. Telekomunikasi Indonesia (Persero) Tbk has a market cap of $105.4 billion and is part of the telecommunications industry. Shares are up 16.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are no analysts who rate Telekomunikasi Indonesia (Persero) Tbk a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Telekomunikasi Indonesia (Persero) Tbk as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself. Get the full Telekomunikasi Indonesia (Persero) Tbk Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, AT&T ( T) is up $0.22 (0.6%) to $36.06 on average volume. Thus far, 10.6 million shares of AT&T exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 23.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $35.85-$36.10 after having opened the day at $35.90 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $35.84.

AT&T Inc. provides telecommunications services to consumers and businesses in the United States and internationally. AT&T has a market cap of $186.0 billion and is part of the telecommunications industry. Shares are up 1.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 9 analysts who rate AT&T a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 12 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates AT&T as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, attractive valuation levels, good cash flow from operations, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full AT&T 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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