All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 16 points (-0.1%) at 17,529 as of Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2015, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 984 issues advancing vs. 2,001 declining with 166 unchanged.

The Technology sector currently sits down 0.6% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.2%. Top gainers within the sector include SS&C Technologies Holdings ( SSNC), up 3.6%, Facebook ( FB), up 1.6%, America Movil SAB de CV ( AMOV), up 0.8%, Oracle Corporation ( ORCL), up 0.7% and Microsoft ( MSFT), up 0.6%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Vipshop Holdings Ltd ADR A ( VIPS), down 3.1%, NXP Semiconductors ( NXPI), down 3.0%, Freescale Semiconductor ( FSL), down 2.7%, Salesforce.com ( CRM), down 2.2% and Nippon Telegraph & Telephone ( NTT), down 2.1%.

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

3. Tim Participacoes ( TSU) is one of the companies pushing the Technology sector higher today. As of noon trading, Tim Participacoes is up $0.59 (4.7%) to $13.17 on average volume. Thus far, 1.3 million shares of Tim Participacoes exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $12.46-$13.34 after having opened the day at $12.57 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $12.58.

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TIM Participacoes S.A., through its subsidiaries, provides mobile telecommunication services in Brazil. The company offers mobile, fixed, and long distance telephony; data transmission; and broadband services. Tim Participacoes has a market cap of $5.9 billion and is part of the telecommunications industry. Shares are down 43.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 3 analysts who rate Tim Participacoes a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Tim Participacoes as a hold. 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 and good cash flow from operations. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including feeble growth in the company's earnings per share and a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself. Get the full Tim Participacoes Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, LM Ericsson Telephone Company ( ERIC) is up $0.10 (0.9%) to $10.52 on average volume. Thus far, 1.4 million shares of LM Ericsson Telephone Company exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $10.48-$10.54 after having opened the day at $10.50 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $10.42.

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Ericsson provides communications technology and services worldwide. The company's Networks segment delivers products and solutions for mobile access, Internet protocol (IP) and transmission networks, core networks, and cloud. LM Ericsson Telephone Company has a market cap of $34.3 billion and is part of the telecommunications industry. Shares are down 13.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 4 analysts who rate LM Ericsson Telephone Company a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates LM Ericsson Telephone Company as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, good cash flow from operations and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself, disappointing return on equity and deteriorating net income. Get the full LM Ericsson Telephone Company Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Telefonica Brasil ( VIV) is up $0.52 (4.5%) to $12.14 on average volume. Thus far, 1.8 million shares of Telefonica Brasil exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $11.48-$12.19 after having opened the day at $11.58 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $11.62.

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Telefonica Brasil S.A. provides fixed-line telecommunications services to residential and corporate customers in Brazil. Telefonica Brasil has a market cap of $19.7 billion and is part of the telecommunications industry. Shares are down 34.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 4 analysts who rate Telefonica Brasil a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Telefonica Brasil as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its attractive valuation levels and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity and weak operating cash flow. Get the full Telefonica Brasil 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).