3 Stocks Pushing The Technology Sector Lower

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All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 81 points (0.5%) at 17,082 as of Monday, Aug. 25, 2014, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,780 issues advancing vs. 1,159 declining with 188 unchanged.

The Technology sector currently is unchanged today versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.4%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Intuit ( INTU), down 1.8%, Salesforce.com ( CRM), down 1.7%, Wipro ( WIT), down 1.3%, Texas Instruments ( TXN), down 1.1% and Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing ( TSM), down 0.7%. Top gainers within the sector include Bitauto Holdings ( BITA), up 12.1%, AthenaHealth ( ATHN), up 3.4%, KT Corporation ( KT), up 2.7%, ASML ( ASML), up 2.0% and Vipshop Holdings ( VIPS), up 1.8%.

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

3. Qihoo 360 Technology ( QIHU) is one of the companies pushing the Technology sector lower today. As of noon trading, Qihoo 360 Technology is down $8.65 (-8.5%) to $93.10 on heavy volume. Thus far, 9.4 million shares of Qihoo 360 Technology exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $91.87-$97.51 after having opened the day at $97.50 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $101.75.

Qihoo 360 Technology Co. Ltd. provides Internet and mobile security products and services in the People's Republic of China. Qihoo 360 Technology has a market cap of $12.8 billion and is part of the computer software & services industry. Shares are up 24.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 9 analysts that rate Qihoo 360 Technology a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Qihoo 360 Technology as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, notable return on equity and good cash flow from operations. 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 Qihoo 360 Technology Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, LinkedIn ( LNKD) is down $1.93 (-0.8%) to $224.47 on average volume. Thus far, 795,396 shares of LinkedIn exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $224.16-$227.80 after having opened the day at $227.60 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $226.40.

LinkedIn Corporation operates an online professional network. LinkedIn has a market cap of $23.4 billion and is part of the internet industry. Shares are up 4.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 18 analysts that rate LinkedIn a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 9 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates LinkedIn 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 expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity and a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself. Get the full LinkedIn Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Yahoo ( YHOO) is down $0.37 (-1.0%) to $37.64 on average volume. Thus far, 9.4 million shares of Yahoo exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 18.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $37.55-$38.22 after having opened the day at $38.14 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $38.01.

Yahoo! Inc. operates as a technology company worldwide. Yahoo has a market cap of $37.4 billion and is part of the internet industry. Shares are down 6.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 14 analysts that rate Yahoo a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Yahoo as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, reasonable valuation levels, solid stock price performance, good cash flow from operations 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 Yahoo 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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