3 Stocks Driving The Technology Sector Higher

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All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 172 points (-1.0%) at 17,329 as of Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2015, 12:05 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 937 issues advancing vs. 2,073 declining with 150 unchanged.

The Technology sector currently sits down 1.4% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.8%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include NXP Semiconductors ( NXPI), down 3.8%, ASML ( ASML), down 2.5%, Nokia Oyj ( NOK), down 2.1%, SAP SE ( SAP), down 2.3% and Avago Technologies ( AVGO), down 2.3%.

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

3. Triquint Semiconductor ( TQNT) is one of the companies pushing the Technology sector higher today. As of noon trading, Triquint Semiconductor is up $37.11 (134.7%) to $64.66 on average volume. Thus far, 1.5 million shares of Triquint Semiconductor exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $64.22-$67.99 after having opened the day at $64.54 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $27.55.

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TriQuint Semiconductor, Inc. provides a portfolio of radio frequency (RF) solutions for mobile device, networks infrastructure, and defense and aerospace markets worldwide. Triquint Semiconductor has a market cap of $4.9 billion and is part of the electronics industry. Shares are unchanged year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 4 analysts who rate Triquint Semiconductor a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Triquint Semiconductor as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, good cash flow from operations and compelling growth in net income. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the company's return on equity has been disappointing. Get the full Triquint Semiconductor Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Cisco Systems ( CSCO) is up $0.38 (1.4%) to $27.44 on heavy volume. Thus far, 24.6 million shares of Cisco Systems exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 27.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $27.11-$27.68 after having opened the day at $27.14 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $27.06.

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Cisco Systems, Inc. designs, manufactures, and sells Internet Protocol (IP) based networking products and services related to the communications and information technology industry worldwide. Cisco Systems has a market cap of $141.2 billion and is part of the computer hardware industry. Shares are down 2.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 18 analysts who rate Cisco Systems a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Cisco Systems as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, attractive valuation levels, expanding profit margins and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full Cisco Systems Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Twitter ( TWTR) is up $0.66 (1.8%) to $37.04 on average volume. Thus far, 12.0 million shares of Twitter exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 23.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $36.04-$37.80 after having opened the day at $36.27 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $36.38.

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Twitter, Inc. is a global platform for public self-expression and conversation in real time. Twitter has a market cap of $23.2 billion and is part of the internet industry. Shares are up 1.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 13 analysts who rate Twitter a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 12 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Twitter as a sell. Among the areas we feel are negative, one of the most important has been generally deteriorating net income. Get the full Twitter 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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