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3D Systems Corporation

(

DDD

) pushed the Computer Hardware industry higher today making it today's featured computer hardware winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.4%. By the end of trading, 3D Systems Corporation rose $3.46 (7.1%) to $51.90 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 10,405,270 shares of 3D Systems Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3,655,800 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $49.23-$54.08 after having opened the day at $49.31 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $48.44. Other companies within the Computer Hardware industry that increased today were:

Stratasys

(

SSYS

), up 4.0%,

Overland Storage

(

OVRL

), up 3.5%,

Radisys Corporation

(

RSYS

), up 3.1% and

Crossroads Systems

(

CRDS

), up 3.0%.

3D Systems Corporation, through its subsidiaries, develops, manufactures and markets 3D printers, print materials, on-demand custom parts services, and 3D authoring solutions for professionals and consumers. 3D Systems Corporation has a market cap of $4.9 billion and is part of the technology sector. Shares are up 36.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate 3D Systems Corporation a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

3D Systems 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, increase in net income, expanding profit margins and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity.

On the negative front,

China TechFaith Wireless Comm Tech

(

CNTF

), down 7.2%,

iGo

(

IGOI

), down 5.1%,

Astro-Med

(

ALOT

), down 5.0% and

Silicom

(

SILC

), down 4.5% , were all laggards within the computer hardware industry with

Juniper Networks

(

JNPR

) being today's computer hardware industry laggard.

For investors not wanting singular stock exposure, ETFs may be of interest. Investors who are bullish on the computer hardware industry could consider

iShares Dow Jones US Technology

(

IYW

) while those bearish on the computer hardware industry could consider

ProShares Ultra Short Semiconductor

(

SSG

).

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