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Tickers in this Article: SPWR, ALLT, MLNX, CPHD, FSLR, LXK, MR
It's been a quiet morning for the market. The Nasdaq is unchanged; the S&P 500 has moved little; and the Dow has been relatively flat. 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 changed little on a quiet day for the overall market. These are the biggest movers in the sector currently:
CompanyMarket CapPercentage Change
SunPower (Nasdaq:SPWR)$729.8 million+32.1%
Allot (Nasdaq:ALLT)$587.3 million-23.6%
Mellanox (Nasdaq:MLNX)$2.59 billion-13.6%
Cepheid (Nasdaq:CPHD)$2.35 billion-7.4%
First Solar (Nasdaq:FSLR)$2.78 billion+6.6%
Lexmark International (NYSE:LXK)$1.56 billion+4.5%
Mindray Medical International Ltd (NYSE:MR)$3.49 billion+3.7%
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SunPower (Nasdaq:SPWR) is trading at $8.10 per share, a significant rise of 32.1%. The company is trading at a volume of nine million shares. Yesterday, volume was only 2.1 million shares.

Allot (Nasdaq:ALLT) is currently trading at $13.97 per share, after a steep drop of 23.6%. At 4.3 million shares, the company's volume so far today is 9.6 times the average volume over the last three months.

Shares of Mellanox (Nasdaq:MLNX) are currently trading at $52.84, a steep decline of 13.6%. The company's volume for the day so far is 5.7 million shares.

Cepheid (Nasdaq:CPHD) is trading at $32.87 per share, down 7.4%. So far today, the company's volume is 1.1 million shares, 2.1 times the current daily average.

First Solar (Nasdaq:FSLR) has risen 6.6% to hit a current price of $34.11 per share. The company's volume for the day so far is 4.1 million shares. Yesterday's volume was only 3.3 million shares.

Increasing 4.5%, Lexmark International (NYSE:LXK) is trading at $25.24 per share. So far today, the company's volume is 439,947 shares, consistent with its average over the last three months.

Mindray Medical International Ltd (NYSE:MR) is at $31.29 per share after an increase of 3.7%. The company is currently trading a volume of 665,949 shares.

The Bottom Line No matter the economic climate, Wall Street will always have stocks that make major moves each week. 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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