3 Stocks Pushing The Technology Sector Downward

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One out of the three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 42 points (-0.2%) at 17,072 as of Wednesday, July 23, 2014, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,641 issues advancing vs. 1,297 declining with 186 unchanged.

The Technology sector currently sits down 0.6% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.1%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Juniper Networks ( JNPR), down 10.2%, TE Connectivity ( TEL), down 4.5%, Telekomunikasi Indonesia (Persero) Tbk ( TLK), down 1.5%, America Movil SAB de CV ( AMX), down 0.8% and America Movil SAB de CV ( AMOV), down 0.8%.

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

3. Applied Materials ( AMAT) is one of the companies pushing the Technology sector lower today. As of noon trading, Applied Materials is down $0.61 (-2.7%) to $21.91 on average volume. Thus far, 9.6 million shares of Applied Materials exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 13.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $21.88-$22.62 after having opened the day at $22.58 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $22.52.

Applied Materials, Inc. provides manufacturing equipment, services, and software to the semiconductor, flat panel display, solar photovoltaic (PV), and related industries worldwide. Applied Materials has a market cap of $27.8 billion and is part of the electronics industry. Shares are up 27.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 8 analysts that rate Applied Materials a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Applied Materials 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, solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth and compelling growth in net income. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results. Get the full Applied Materials Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Cisco Systems ( CSCO) is down $0.34 (-1.3%) to $25.61 on average volume. Thus far, 15.1 million shares of Cisco Systems exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 30.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $25.55-$25.79 after having opened the day at $25.72 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $25.95.

Cisco Systems, Inc. designs, manufactures, and sells Internet protocol (IP) and other products related to the communications and information technology industry worldwide. Cisco Systems has a market cap of $133.1 billion and is part of the computer hardware industry. Shares are up 15.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 16 analysts that rate Cisco Systems a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 9 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Cisco Systems as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its attractive valuation levels, good cash flow from operations, 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 sub par growth in net income. Get the full Cisco Systems Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Intel ( INTC) is down $0.40 (-1.1%) to $34.39 on average volume. Thus far, 12.2 million shares of Intel exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 31.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $34.34-$34.71 after having opened the day at $34.68 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $34.79.

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 $172.5 billion and is part of the electronics industry. Shares are up 34.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 15 analysts that rate Intel a buy, 2 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 increase in net income, revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, solid stock price performance and reasonable valuation levels. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results. Get the full Intel 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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