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Tickers in this Article: ELLI, ACOM, OPEN, VCRA, CRUS, ATHN, ENR
After the morning's trading, the Nasdaq has increased 0.3%, the S&P 500 is down 0.2% and the Dow is trading down 0.2%. The technology sector is a category of stocks relating to the research, development and/or distribution of technologically based goods and services. This sector contains businesses revolving around the manufacturing of electronics, creation of software, computers or products and services relating to information technology. The technology sector offers a wide arrange of products and services for both customers and other businesses. Consumer goods like personal computers, stereos and televisions are continually improved and upgraded, offering the latest technology to all users. Businesses receive information and services from software and database systems, which allow the companies to make strategic business decisions.

The Technology sector (XLK) has increased 0.2% so far today and here are its biggest movers:
CompanyMarket CapPercentage Change
Ellie Mae (NYSE:ELLI)$627.2 million-12.2%
Ancestry.com (Nasdaq:ACOM)$1.25 billion+7.8%
OpenTable (Nasdaq:OPEN)$985.2 million+5.7%
Vocera Communications (NYSE:VCRA)$635.9 million-4.5%
Cirrus Logic (Nasdaq:CRUS)$2.47 billion+4.4%
athenahealth (Nasdaq:ATHN)$2.64 billion-4.1%
Energizer Holdings (NYSE:ENR)$4.7 billion-3.6%
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After a precipitous drop of 12.2%, Ellie Mae (NYSE:ELLI) is now trading at a share price of $21.85. The company's volume is currently 1.3 million shares for the day, 2.1 times the current daily average.

Rising 7.8%, Ancestry.com (Nasdaq:ACOM) is currently trading at $31.46 per share. The company is trading at a volume of 11.1 million shares. Yesterday's volume was only 625,607 shares.

OpenTable (Nasdaq:OPEN) has risen 5.7% to hit a current price of $46.09 per share. The company's volume is currently 718,502 shares for the day, 1.8 times the current three-month average.

Vocera Communications (NYSE:VCRA) is currently trading at a share price of $27.38, a 4.5% decline. So far today, the company's volume is 57,590 shares.

After rising 4.4%, Cirrus Logic (Nasdaq:CRUS) is currently trading at a share price of $39.89. The company's volume is currently 1.2 million shares for the day, 0.7 times the average daily volume.

At $70.34, athenahealth (Nasdaq:ATHN) has slipped 4.1%. So far today, 296,883 shares of the company's stock have changed hands. This is a sign that there will be less trading activity than there was yesterday.

Energizer Holdings (NYSE:ENR) is down 3.6% to reach $70.39 per share. So far today, the company's volume is 222,299 shares, 0.9 times the average volume over the last three months.

The Bottom Line On any given day, a particular stock may see positive or negative change in its share price. Daily stock performance should be weighed against historical performance and put in context of the market overall. Tools like valuation ratios and profit margins, however, are only as useful as the context you put them in; remember to take historical data and competitor performance into account.

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