3 Technology Stocks Dragging The Sector Down

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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%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Telecom Italia SpA ( TI), down 2.6%, Xerox Corporation ( XRX), down 2.6%, Rogers Communications ( RCI), down 2.5%, Telecom Italia SpA ( TI.A), down 2.3% and TELUS ( TU), down 2.2%. Top gainers within the sector include Infosys ( INFY), up 3.3%, Apple ( AAPL), up 0.9%, Sap ( SAP), up 0.6% and Microsoft ( MSFT), up 0.6%.

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

3. LinkedIn ( LNKD) is one of the companies pushing the Technology sector lower today. As of noon trading, LinkedIn is down $3.51 (-2.0%) to $170.20 on light volume. Thus far, 636,644 shares of LinkedIn exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $169.14-$173.52 after having opened the day at $173.21 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $173.71.

LinkedIn Corporation operates an online professional network. LinkedIn has a market cap of $18.3 billion and is part of the internet industry. Shares are down 19.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 19 analysts that rate LinkedIn a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 10 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates LinkedIn as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity and generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself. Get the full LinkedIn Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Qualcomm ( QCOM) is down $0.66 (-0.8%) to $80.34 on light volume. Thus far, 2.9 million shares of Qualcomm exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 8.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $80.21-$80.95 after having opened the day at $80.67 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $80.99.

QUALCOMM Incorporated designs, develops, manufactures, and markets digital communications products and services based on code division multiple access (CDMA), orthogonal frequency division multiple access (OFDMA), and other technologies. Qualcomm has a market cap of $136.7 billion and is part of the telecommunications industry. Shares are up 9.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 20 analysts that rate Qualcomm a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Qualcomm 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, solid stock price performance and growth in earnings per share. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full Qualcomm Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Baidu ( BIDU) is down $2.09 (-1.1%) to $189.11 on light volume. Thus far, 991,039 shares of Baidu exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $188.11-$191.84 after having opened the day at $191.84 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $191.20.

Baidu, Inc. provides Internet search services. Baidu has a market cap of $66.9 billion and is part of the internet industry. Shares are up 7.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 11 analysts that rate Baidu a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Baidu as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, growth in earnings per share, increase in net income, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company is trading at a premium valuation based on our review of its current price compared to such things as earnings and book value. Get the full Baidu 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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