Editor's Note: Any reference to TheStreet Ratings and its underlying recommendation does not reflect the opinion of TheStreet, Inc. or any of its contributors including Jim Cramer or Stephanie Link. 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. STOCKS TO BUY: TheStreet Quant Ratings has identified a handful of stocks that can potentially TRIPLE in the next 12 months. Learn more. 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. STOCKS TO BUY: TheStreet Quant Ratings has identified a handful of stocks that can potentially TRIPLE in the next 12 months. Learn more.