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IPG Photonics Corporation (IPGP): Today's Featured Electronics Loser

IPG Photonics Corporation (IPGP) pushed the Electronics industry lower today making it today's featured Electronics loser. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.9%. By the end of trading, IPG Photonics Corporation fell 31 cents (-0.6%) to $47.75 on average volume. Throughout the day, 500,683 shares of IPG Photonics Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 596,200 shares. The stock ranged in price between $47.52-$48.61 after having opened the day at $48 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $48.06. Other company's within the Electronics industry that declined today were: AXT (AXTI), down 15.2%, Triquint Semiconductor (TQNT), down 12.9%, Mattson Technology (MTSN), down 10.5%, and Sequans Communications SA ADR (SQNS), down 7.9%.

IPG Photonics Corporation develops and manufactures fiber lasers, fiber amplifiers, and diode lasers. IPG Photonics Corporation has a market cap of $2.37 billion and is part of the technology sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 19.3, equal to the average electronics industry P/E ratio and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 41.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are nine analysts that rate IPG Photonics Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and two rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates IPG Photonics Corporation as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, notable return on equity, growth in earnings per share and increase in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company is trading at a premium valuation based on our review of its current price compared to such things as earnings and book value.

On the positive front, Cirrus Logic (CRUS), up 18.6%, SemiLEDs (LEDS), up 8.7%, Advanced Photonix (API), up 8.6%, and Aixtron SE NA (AIXG), up 6.9%, were all gainers within the electronics industry with Intel (INTC) being today's featured electronics industry winner.

For investors not wanting singular stock exposure, ETFs may be of interest. Investors who are bullish on the electronics industry could consider iShares Dow Jones US Technology (IYW) while those bearish on the electronics industry could consider ProShares Ultra Short Semiconductor (SSG).

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