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) pushed the Computer Hardware industry higher today making it today's featured computer hardware winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.9%. By the end of trading, EMC rose $0.39 (1.5%) to $25.80 on average volume. Throughout the day, 22,840,029 shares of EMC exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 21,446,500 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $25.30-$25.85 after having opened the day at $25.39 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $25.41. Other companies within the Computer Hardware industry that increased today were:

Mad Catz Interactive



), up 17.5%,




), up 10.5%,




), up 7.9% and

Mercury Systems



), up 6.2%.

EMC Corporation develops, delivers, and supports information infrastructure and virtual infrastructure technologies, solutions, and services. It operates in three segments: Information Storage, Information Intelligence Group, and RSA Information Security. EMC has a market cap of $51.4 billion and is part of the technology sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 20.9, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 0.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 22 analysts that rate EMC a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates


as a


. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, expanding profit margins, increase in stock price during the past year 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 negative front,




), down 11.5%,




), down 6.7%,

Crossroads Systems



), down 4.9% and

SMART Technologies



), down 4.0% , were all laggards within the computer hardware industry with

Seagate Technology



) being today's computer hardware industry laggard.

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iShares Dow Jones US Technology



) while those bearish on the computer hardware industry could consider

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