3 Stocks Pushing The Technology Sector Higher

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All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 73 points (0.4%) at 16,911 as of Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,966 issues advancing vs. 988 declining with 181 unchanged.

The Technology sector currently sits up 0.4% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.4%. Top gainers within the sector include SK Telecom ( SKM), up 2.2%, Cognizant Technology Solutions ( CTSH), up 2.1%, Broadcom ( BRCM), up 1.8%, Oracle Corporation ( ORCL), up 1.5% and Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing ( TSM), up 1.5%. A company within the sector that fell today was Corning ( GLW), up 1.2%.

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

3. Microsoft ( MSFT) is one of the companies pushing the Technology sector higher today. As of noon trading, Microsoft is up $0.25 (0.6%) to $45.08 on average volume. Thus far, 12.8 million shares of Microsoft exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 28.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $44.83-$45.25 after having opened the day at $44.97 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $44.83.

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Microsoft Corporation develops, licenses, markets, and supports software, services, and devices worldwide. The company's Devices and Consumer (D&C) Licensing segment licenses Windows operating system and related software; Microsoft Office for consumers; and Windows Phone operating system. Microsoft has a market cap of $369.1 billion and is part of the computer software & services industry. Shares are up 20.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 9 analysts who rate Microsoft a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 11 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Microsoft 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, reasonable valuation levels and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full Microsoft Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Facebook Inc Class A ( FB) is up $0.81 (1.1%) to $75.40 on light volume. Thus far, 15.3 million shares of Facebook Inc Class A exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 42.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $74.77-$75.48 after having opened the day at $74.81 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $74.59.

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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 Inc Class A has a market cap of $148.4 billion and is part of the internet industry. Shares are up 36.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 31 analysts who rate Facebook Inc Class A a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Facebook Inc Class A 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 Inc Class A Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Apple ( AAPL) is up $1.30 (1.3%) to $100.46 on average volume. Thus far, 38.2 million shares of Apple exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 53.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $99.32-$100.47 after having opened the day at $99.41 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $99.16.

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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 $586.7 billion and is part of the consumer durables industry. Shares are up 23.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 27 analysts who rate Apple a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 8 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 solid stock price performance. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results. 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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