Apple Inc. (AAPL): Today's Featured Computer Hardware Loser - TheStreet

Apple

(

AAPL

) pushed the Computer Hardware industry lower today making it today's featured Computer Hardware loser. The industry as a whole closed the day down 1.3%. By the end of trading, Apple fell $5.73 (-1%) to $568.77 on light volume. Throughout the day, 9.9 million shares of Apple exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 20 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $565.61-$574 after having opened the day at $571.67 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $574.50. Other company's within the Computer Hardware industry that declined today were:

Hutchinson Technology

(

HTCH

), down 12.3%,

Performance Technologies

(

PTIX

), down 7.5%,

Immersion Corporation

(

IMMR

), down 6.4%, and

Identive Group

(

INVE

), down 6.2%.

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Apple Inc., together with subsidiaries, designs, manufactures, and markets personal computers, mobile communication devices, and portable digital music and video players, as well as sells various related software, services, peripherals, and networking solutions. Apple has a market cap of $534.88 billion and is part of the

technology

sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 13.9, equal to the average computer hardware industry P/E ratio and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 41.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 37 analysts that rate Apple a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and one rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Apple 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, expanding profit margins and solid stock price performance. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results.

On the positive front,

Hauppauge Digital

(

HAUP

), up 5.5%,

Riverbed Technology Incorporated

(

RVBD

), up 3.6%,

Top Image Systems

(

TISA

), up 3.5%, and

Lantronix

(

LTRX

), up 2.1%, were all gainers within the computer hardware industry with

Aruba Networks

(

ARUN

) being today's featured computer hardware industry winner.

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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