Intel

(

INTC

) pushed the Electronics industry higher today making it today's featured electronics winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 1%. By the end of trading, Intel rose 12 cents (0.5%) to $23.58 on light volume. Throughout the day, 42.6 million shares of Intel exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 63.1 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $23.42-$23.90 after having opened the day at $23.49 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $23.46. Other companies within the Electronics industry that increased today were:

Aehr Test Systems

(

AEHR

), up 30.9%,

Tegal Corporation

(

TGAL

), up 7.7%,

Giga-tronics Inc

(

GIGA

), up 7.1%, and

AuthenTec Inc

(

AUTH

), up 6.9%.

Intel Corporation engages in the design, manufacture, and sale of integrated circuits for computing and communications industries worldwide. Intel has a market cap of $115.74 billion and is part of the

technology

sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 9.8, equal to the average electronics industry P/E ratio and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 11.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Intel as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, notable return on equity, solid stock price performance and impressive record of earnings per share growth. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results.

On the negative front,

Energy Conversion Devices Inc

(

ENER

), down 18.1%,

LightPath Technologies Inc

(

LPTH

), down 15.8%,

Dynasil Corporation of America

(

DYSL

), down 11.6%, and

Spire Corporation

(

SPIR

), down 11.1%, were all losers within the electronics industry with

Corning Inc

(

GLW

) being today's electronics industry loser.

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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