Two out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 48 points (-0.3%) at 17,840 as of Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2015, 11:55 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 879 issues advancing vs. 2,042 declining with 180 unchanged.

The Technology sector currently sits up 0.2% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.3%. Top gainers within the sector include Yahoo ( YHOO), up 7.2%, NetEase ( NTES), up 3.0%, JD.com ( JD), up 2.4%, ServiceNow ( NOW), up 2.3% and Fidelity National Information Services ( FIS), up 1.9%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Micron Technology ( MU), down 3.9%, Seagate Technology ( STX), down 3.0%, America Movil SAB de CV ( AMOV), down 2.9%, Telecom Italia SpA ( TI), down 2.6% and Telecom Italia SpA ( TI.A), down 2.4%.

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

3. Palo Alto Networks ( PANW) is one of the companies pushing the Technology sector higher today. As of noon trading, Palo Alto Networks is up $3.81 (2.0%) to $192.75 on light volume. Thus far, 617,727 shares of Palo Alto Networks exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $188.37-$192.96 after having opened the day at $189.00 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $188.94.

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Palo Alto Networks, Inc. provides enterprise security platform to enterprises, service providers, and government entities worldwide. Palo Alto Networks has a market cap of $16.0 billion and is part of the computer hardware industry. Shares are up 54.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 22 analysts who rate Palo Alto Networks a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Palo Alto Networks as a sell. Among the areas we feel are negative, one of the most important has been unimpressive growth in net income over time. Get the full Palo Alto Networks Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, EMC ( EMC) is up $0.44 (1.7%) to $25.98 on light volume. Thus far, 2.9 million shares of EMC exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 19.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $25.55-$25.99 after having opened the day at $25.57 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $25.54.

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EMC Corporation develops, delivers, and supports information infrastructure and virtual infrastructure technologies, solutions, and services. EMC has a market cap of $49.2 billion and is part of the computer hardware industry. Shares are down 14.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 10 analysts who rate EMC a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 13 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates EMC as a hold. 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 and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself, deteriorating net income and weak operating cash flow. Get the full EMC Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Qualcomm ( QCOM) is up $3.68 (7.5%) to $52.98 on heavy volume. Thus far, 19.2 million shares of Qualcomm exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 12.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $51.81-$53.44 after having opened the day at $51.90 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $49.30.

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QUALCOMM Incorporated develops, designs, manufactures, and markets digital communications products and services in China, South Korea, Taiwan, the United States, and internationally. Qualcomm has a market cap of $73.0 billion and is part of the telecommunications industry. Shares are down 33.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 11 analysts who rate Qualcomm a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 10 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Qualcomm 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, expanding profit margins and good cash flow from operations. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself and feeble growth in the company's earnings per share. Get the full Qualcomm 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).