Sector Update: Technology

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Technology stocks were higher this afternoon with shares of technology companies in the S&P 500 gaining over 1.4%, aided by a 1.5% advance for Apple ( AAPL ) after the sector giant said it purchased around $14 billion of it shares after the stock slumped last month after its growth forecasts disappointed some investors.

In company news, Adept Tech ( ADEP ) was set to finish with a 21% advance at $18.42 a share, earlier setting a new 52-week high of $18.67 after its fiscal Q2 earnings of $0.01 per share beat analyst estimates by $0.02 per share.

The quarter was the first time in nearly four years ADEP generated operating income.

Revenues rose 35.2% year over year to $14.6 million, also topping Wall Street expectations by around $700,000.

In other sector news,

(+) SMT, Shares rise to two-year highs after the maker of interactive whiteboards posted earnings and sales that beat analyst forecasts. It also announced plans to exit its touch-sensor business for desktop displays.

(-) ELON, Guides Q1 net loss of $0.13 to $0.08 per share, or at least $0.02 wider than analyst estimates. Revenue is projected in a range of $16 mln to $18 mln, lagging consensus view by at least $1.03 mln. Q4 EPS was in-line while revenue topped expectations.



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