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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 was unchanged today. By the end of trading, 3D Systems Corporation rose $1.11 (1.5%) to $73.30 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 7,168,653 shares of 3D Systems Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4,648,300 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $72.52-$76.50 after having opened the day at $76.00 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $72.19. Other companies within the Computer Hardware industry that increased today were:

Performance Technologies

(

PTIX

), up 23.6%,

Crossroads Systems

(

CRDS

), up 7.5%,

Overland Storage

(

OVRL

), up 6.8% and

Aruba Networks

(

ARUN

), up 6.2%.

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 $7.2 billion and is part of the technology sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 151.2, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 103.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 6 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, growth in earnings per share, compelling growth in net income and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity.

On the negative front,

Violin Memory

TheStreet Recommends

(

VMEM

), down 48.2%,

Universal Display Corporation

(

OLED

), down 7.7%,

SMART Technologies

(

SMT

), down 4.6% and

Silver Spring Networks

(

SSNI

), down 3.7% , were all laggards within the computer hardware industry with

International Business Machines

(

IBM

) 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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