The

computer hardware

industry closed the day up 1.6%.

Mad Catz Interactive Inc

(

MCZ

),

Stratasys

(

SSYS

),

Super Micro Computer Inc

(

SMCI

), and

Extreme Networks Inc

(

EXTR

) were all winners today within the computer hardware industry with

Apple Incorporated

(

AAPL

) being today's featured computer hardware winner. Apple Incorporated rose $2.83 (0.7%) to $400.60 on light volume. Throughout the day, 16.3 million shares of Apple Incorporated exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 23.3 million shares.

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 Incorporated has a market cap of $376.2 billion and is part of the

technology

sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 14.7, 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 23.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

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 negative front,

Digi International

(

DGII

),

Socket Mobile Inc

(

SCKT

),

Dataram Corporation

(

DRAM

), and

Overland Storage Inc

(

OVRL

) were all losers within the computer hardware industry with

Universal Display Corporation

(

PANL

) being today's computer hardware industry Loser Spotlight stock.

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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