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Applied Materials



) pushed the Electronics industry higher today making it today's featured electronics winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.2%. By the end of trading, Applied Materials rose $0.26 (1.3%) to $20.36 on average volume. Throughout the day, 12,927,981 shares of Applied Materials exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 12,661,300 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $20.02-$20.40 after having opened the day at $20.25 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $20.10. Other companies within the Electronics industry that increased today were:

Plug Power



), up 49.0%,

Forward Industries



), up 7.7%,

Daqo New Energy



), up 6.2% and

MRV Communications



), up 6.0%.

Applied Materials, Inc. provides manufacturing equipment, services, and software to the semiconductor, flat panel display, solar photovoltaic (PV), and related industries worldwide. Applied Materials has a market cap of $24.4 billion and is part of the technology sector. Shares are up 13.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate Applied Materials a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Applied Materials

as a


. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, growth in earnings per share and compelling growth in net income. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results.

On the negative front,




), down 14.9%,

Himax Technologies



), down 11.4%,

Rubicon Technology



), down 7.4% and

Advanced Photonix



), down 7.2% , were all laggards within the electronics industry with




) being today's electronics industry laggard.

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) while those bearish on the electronics industry could consider

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