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First Solar

(

FSLR

) 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, First Solar rose 77 cents (3.1%) to $25.54 on average volume. Throughout the day, 6.6 million shares of First Solar exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6.3 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $24.86-$25.91 after having opened the day at $25.13 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $24.77. Other companies within the Electronics industry that increased today were:

Daystar Technologies

(

DSTI

), up 25.5%,

Microvision

(

MVIS

), up 11.6%,

Nam Tai Electronics

(

NTE

), up 10.7%, and

eMagin Corporation

(

EMAN

), up 10.4%.

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First Solar, Inc. engages in the design, manufacture, and sale of solar modules using a thin-film semiconductor technology in the United States and internationally. The company is also involved in the design, construction, and sale of photovoltaic solar power systems. First Solar has a market cap of $1.89 billion and is part of the

technology

sector. Shares are down 26.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are five analysts that rate First Solar a buy, two analysts rate it a sell, and 19 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates First Solar as a

sell

. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its disappointing return on equity, poor profit margins and generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself.

On the negative front,

Dynasil Corporation of America

(

DYSL

), down 6.7%,

Silicon Motion Technology Corporation

(

SIMO

), down 6.1%,

Spire Corporation

(

SPIR

), down 5.9%, and

Applied Biosystems Incorporated

(

ABI

), down 5%, were all laggards within the electronics industry with

Applied Materials

(

AMAT

) being today's electronics industry laggard.

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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