NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- The Technology Select Sector SPDR Fund (XLK) consists of 71 companies, including seven components of the Dow Jones Industrial Average. This tech exchange-traded fund has a year-to-date gain of 18%, outperforming the Dow 30, the S&P 500 (SPY) and the Nasdaq (QQQ) with year-to-date gains of 8.9%, 13% and 15%, respectively.

Here are profiles for four tech components of the Dow 30.

Cisco Systems  (CSCO) ($28.35) has a year-to-date gain of 26%, outperforming the tech sector ETF. The stock began the year below its 200-day simple moving average then at $23.06. The stock popped above the 200-day SMA on May 15, but then had a 14% setback from $26.08 on July 22 to as low as $22.49 into Oct. 15. From this low, Cisco had a momentum runup of 27% to a multiyear intraday high at $28.59 on Christmas Eve. The weekly chart is positive but overbought, with its key weekly moving average at $26.92.

IBM  (IBM) ($162.34) has a year-to-date loss of 14%, underperforming the tech sector ETF. The stock began the year below its 200-day simple moving average, then at $192.25. IBM traded back and forth around its 200-day SMA between March 5 and Oct. 10, and has been below its 200-day SMA at $182.44 since then. From a 2014 high at $199.21 on April 10, IBM declined 24% to as low as $150.50 into Dec. 16. The weekly chart is negative but oversold, with its key weekly moving average at $163.72.

Intel  (INTC) ($37.55) has a year-to-date gain of 45%, easily outperforming the tech sector ETF. The stock began the year above its 200-day simple moving average and dipped to test this average, then at $23.95, on Feb. 3. Intel declined 17% from $35.56 on Sept. 8 to as low as $29.65 into Oct. 15, then had a momentum runup of 28% to a multiyear intraday high at $37.90 on Dec. 5. The weekly chart is positive but overbought, with its key weekly moving average at $35.99.

Microsoft  (MSFT) ($47.88) has a year-to-date gain of 28%, outperforming the tech sector ETF. The stock has been above its 200-day simple moving average all year, with this average now at $43.72. Microsoft declined 11% from $47.57 on Sept. 19 to as low as $42.10 into Oct. 15, then had a momentum runup of 19% to a multiyear intraday high at $50.05 into Nov. 14. The weekly chart shifts to negative given a close on Friday below its key weekly moving average at $47.52.

Here's the daily chart for the Tech Sector SPDR.


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The daily chart for the tech sector ETF ($42.32) shows that this exchange-traded fund entered 2014 above its 200-day simple moving average (green line) then at $32.16. This ETF dipped below its 200-day SMA between Oct. 15 and Oct. 20, when this average was $37.57. This provided a buying opportunity for the runup to an intraday high set at $42.58 on Nov. 28.

Here's the weekly chart for the Tech Sector SPDR.


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The weekly chart for the tech sector ETF shows that this exchange-traded fund has been above its 200-week simple moving average (green line) since Sept. 2010, with this moving average now at $31.28.

The weekly chart is positive but overbought, with its key weekly moving average at $41.34. The momentum reading shown at the bottom of the graph in red is above the 80.00 overbought threshold at 84.77.

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TheStreet Ratings team rates MICROSOFT CORP as a Buy with a ratings score of A-. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation:

"We rate MICROSOFT CORP (MSFT) a BUY. This is based on the convergence of positive investment measures, which should help this stock outperform the majority of stocks that we rate. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, 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."

You can view the full analysis from the report here: MSFT Ratings Report

This article is commentary by an independent contributor. At the time of publication, the author held no positions in the stocks mentioned.

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