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ASML

(

ASML

) pushed the Electronics industry lower today making it today's featured Electronics loser. The industry as a whole closed the day up 1.2%. By the end of trading, ASML fell 78 cents (-1.5%) to $49.75 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 4.1 million shares of ASML exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of two million shares. The stock ranged in price between $49.71-$50.55 after having opened the day at $50.13 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $50.53. Other company's within the Electronics industry that declined today were:

Hoku

(

HOKU

), down 18.8%,

Enova Systems

(

ENA

), down 17.6%,

Advanced Photonix

(

API

), down 11.7%, and

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(

SCON

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ASML Holding N.V., through its subsidiaries, engages in designing, manufacturing, marketing, and servicing semiconductor processing equipment used in the fabrication of integrated circuits. ASML has a market cap of $21.22 billion and is part of the

technology

sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 68.3, above the average electronics industry P/E ratio of 11.9 and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 20.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are eight analysts that rate ASML a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates ASML as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, 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 sub par growth in net income.

On the positive front,

China Sunergy

(

CSUN

), up 19.6%,

First Solar

(

FSLR

), up 9.2%,

Vicor Corporation

(

VICR

), up 8.1%, and

A123 Systems

(

AONE

), up 7.9%, were all gainers within the electronics industry with

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing

(

TSM

) being today's featured electronics industry winner.

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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