Dell

(

DELL

) pushed the Computer Hardware industry lower today making it today's featured Computer Hardware loser. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.3%. By the end of trading, Dell fell 23 cents (-1.8%) to $12.33 on average volume. Throughout the day, 18.3 million shares of Dell exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 17.7 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $12.33-$12.54 after having opened the day at $12.53 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $12.56. Other company's within the Computer Hardware industry that declined today were:

Xata Corporation

(

XATA

), down 9.5%,

Key Tronic Corporation

(

KTCC

), down 5.6%,

Teradata Corporation

(

TDC

), down 4.8%, and

Transact Technologies

(

TACT

), down 4.3%.

Dell Inc. provides integrated technology solutions in the information technology (IT) industry worldwide. Dell has a market cap of $22.23 billion and is part of the

technology

sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 7.2, equal to the average computer hardware industry P/E ratio and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 13.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 11 analysts that rate Dell a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 12 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Dell as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its attractive valuation levels and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

On the positive front,

Top Image Systems

(

TISA

), up 9%,

iGo

(

IGOI

), up 5.6%,

Silicon Graphics International

(

SGI

), up 4.6%, and

Video Display Corporation

(

VIDE

), up 3.7%, were all gainers within the computer hardware industry with

Riverbed Technology Incorporated

(

RVBD

) 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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