Agilent Technologies Inc

(

A

) pushed the Electronics industry higher today making it today's featured electronics winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 1.1%. By the end of trading, Agilent Technologies Inc rose 23 cents (0.7%) to $33.83 on light volume. Throughout the day, 2.3 million shares of Agilent Technologies Inc exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.3 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $33.22-$34.38 after having opened the day at $33.42 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $33.60. Other companies within the Electronics industry that increased today were:

Tegal Corporation

(

TGAL

), up 12.4%,

Digital Ally Inc

(

DGLY

), up 10.4%,

Applied Energetics Inc

(

AERG

), up 9.8%, and

Vimicro International Corporation

(

VIMC

), up 9.4%.

Agilent Technologies, Inc. provides bio-analytical and electronic measurement solutions to the communications, electronics, life sciences, and chemical analysis industries in the United States and internationally. Agilent Technologies Inc has a market cap of $11.67 billion and is part of the

technology

sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 11.8, equal to the average electronics industry P/E ratio and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 18.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Agilent as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, notable return on equity, good cash flow from operations and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

On the negative front,

Sevcon Inc

(

SEV

), down 18%,

Tech/Ops Sevcon Inc

(

TO

), down 18%,

Daystar Technologies Inc

(

DSTI

), down 14.3%, and

Trina Solar

(

TSL

), down 7.8%, were all losers within the electronics industry with

Texas Instruments Inc

(

TXN

) being today's electronics industry loser.

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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