Editor's Note: TheStreet ratings do not represent the views of TheStreet's staff or its contributors. Ratings are established by computer based on metrics for performance (which includes growth, stock performance, efficiency and valuation) and risk (volatility and solvency). Companies with poor cash flow or high debt levels tend to earn lower ratings in our model

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Intel

(

INTC

) pushed the Electronics industry lower today making it today's featured Electronics laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day down 1.7%. By the end of trading, Intel fell 40 cents (-1.6%) to $24.27 on average volume. Throughout the day, 36.5 million shares of Intel exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 34.9 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $24.15-$24.64 after having opened the day at $24.57 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $24.67. Other companies within the Electronics industry that declined today were:

First Solar

(

FSLR

), down 18.7%,

On Track Innovations

(

OTIV

), down 12.6%,

Yingli Green Energy Holding Company

(

YGE

), down 10.3%, and

Daystar Technologies

(

DSTI

), down 9.8%.

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Intel Corporation designs, manufactures, and sells integrated digital technology platforms primarily in the Asia-Pacific, the Americas, Europe, and Japan. Intel has a market cap of $125.08 billion and is part of the

technology

sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 10.6, equal to the average electronics industry P/E ratio and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 3.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 17 analysts that rate Intel a buy, two analysts rate it a sell, and 19 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Intel as a

buy

. 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, notable return on equity, attractive valuation levels and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

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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