3 Technology Stocks On The Rise

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All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 7 points (0.0%) at 16,563 as of Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,349 issues advancing vs. 1,605 declining with 179 unchanged.

The Technology sector currently sits down 0.6% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.1%. Top gainers within the sector include America Movil SAB de CV ( AMOV), up 0.8%, and Telekomunikasi Indonesia (Persero) Tbk ( TLK), up 0.7%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Nuance Communications ( NUAN), down 10.6%, Rackspace Hosting ( RAX), down 7.2%, SK Telecom ( SKM), down 3.1%, NetEase ( NTES), down 1.8% and ASML ( ASML), down 1.4%.

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

3. Bitauto Holdings ( BITA) is one of the companies pushing the Technology sector higher today. As of noon trading, Bitauto Holdings is up $3.69 (5.3%) to $72.68 on heavy volume. Thus far, 1.4 million shares of Bitauto Holdings exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 925,300 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $68.04-$73.05 after having opened the day at $68.70 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $68.99.

Bitauto Holdings Limited provides Internet content and marketing services for the automotive industry primarily in the People's Republic of China. Bitauto Holdings has a market cap of $2.8 billion and is part of the internet industry. Shares are up 115.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there is 1 analyst who rates Bitauto Holdings a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Bitauto Holdings as a buy. 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, notable return on equity, impressive record of earnings per share growth and compelling growth in net income. 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 Bitauto Holdings Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Electronic Arts ( EA) is up $0.47 (1.3%) to $35.54 on average volume. Thus far, 2.6 million shares of Electronic Arts exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $34.91-$35.88 after having opened the day at $35.05 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $35.07.

Electronic Arts Inc. develops, markets, publishes, and distributes game software content and services for video game consoles, personal computers, mobile phones, and tablets. The company operates through EA Games, EA SPORTS, Maxis, PopCap, and All Play segments. Electronic Arts has a market cap of $10.7 billion and is part of the computer software & services industry. Shares are up 52.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 10 analysts who rate Electronic Arts a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Electronic Arts 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, increase in net income, good cash flow from operations and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity. Get the full Electronic Arts Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, CenturyLink ( CTL) is up $0.44 (1.1%) to $40.70 on average volume. Thus far, 2.7 million shares of CenturyLink exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $40.20-$40.88 after having opened the day at $40.25 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $40.27.

CenturyLink, Inc. operates as an integrated telecommunications company in the United States. The company operates through four segments: Consumer, Business, Wholesale, and Data Hosting. CenturyLink has a market cap of $22.7 billion and is part of the telecommunications industry. Shares are up 26.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 5 analysts who rate CenturyLink a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates CenturyLink as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, increase in stock price during the past year 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 CenturyLink 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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