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) pushed the Electronics industry higher today making it today's featured electronics winner. The industry as a whole was unchanged today. By the end of trading, Altera rose $0.49 (1.4%) to $35.15 on average volume. Throughout the day, 3,376,987 shares of Altera exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3,073,800 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $35.14-$35.62 after having opened the day at $35.35 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $34.66. Other companies within the Electronics industry that increased today were:




), up 12.9%,

Advanced Photonix



), up 10.0%,

OmniVision Technologies



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Altera Corporation, a semiconductor company, designs, manufactures, and markets programmable logic devices (PLD), HardCopy application-specific integrated circuit (ASIC) devices, pre-defined design building blocks, and proprietary development software. Altera has a market cap of $11.0 billion and is part of the technology sector. Shares are up 0.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 9 analysts that rate Altera a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 11 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates


as a


. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, expanding profit margins and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat weak growth in earnings per share.

On the negative front,




), down 10.8%,

Jinpan International



), down 6.9%,

Suntech Power Holdings



), down 5.2% and

Trio-Tech International



), down 4.9% , were all laggards within the electronics industry with

Marvell Technology Group



) being today's electronics industry laggard.

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