Intel

(

INTC

) pushed the Electronics industry lower today making it today's featured Electronics loser. The industry as a whole was unchanged today. By the end of trading, Intel fell 29 cents (-1.1%) to $25.84 on average volume. Throughout the day, 39.5 million shares of Intel exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 36.7 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $25.70-$26.07 after having opened the day at $25.78 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $26.13. Other company's within the Electronics industry that declined today were:

Semiconductor Manufacturing International C

(

SMI

), down 12.9%,

Spire Corporation

(

SPIR

), down 12.3%,

A123 Systems

(

AONE

), down 10.5%, and

China Sunergy

(

CSUN

), down 7.6%.

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 $131.26 billion and is part of the

technology

sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 11.1, equal to the average electronics industry P/E ratio and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 7.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 18 analysts that rate Intel a buy, one analyst rates 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, expanding profit margins and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

On the positive front,

Microvision

(

MVIS

), up 38.7%,

Hoku

(

HOKU

), up 22.9%,

Aetrium Incorporated

(

ATRM

), up 21.8%, and

Data I/O Corporation

(

DAIO

), up 12%, were all gainers within the electronics industry with

Skyworks Solutions

(

SWKS

) 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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