The Dow Jones was up 0.58% today, and the S&P followed along with gains of its own, but the tech-heavy Nasdaq couldn't keep up. The index slid 0.09% on the day. Senior technology analyst Eric Bleeker looks at a why tech was lagging and zeros in on a series of downgrades targeting companies such as Sprint Nextel, JDS Uniphase, and players in the software space. To see his full thoughts on the subject, watch the preceding video.

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