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Intel

(

INTC

) pushed the Electronics industry higher today making it today's featured electronics winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.1%. By the end of trading, Intel rose $0.31 (1.2%) to $25.62 on light volume. Throughout the day, 22,689,262 shares of Intel exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 31,689,200 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $25.32-$25.81 after having opened the day at $25.41 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $25.31. Other companies within the Electronics industry that increased today were:

GigOptix

(

GIG

), up 7.7%,

Orion Energy Systems

(

OESX

), up 6.4%,

Vimicro International Corporation

(

VIMC

), up 6.0% and

Veeco Instruments

(

VECO

), up 5.9%.

Intel Corporation designs, manufactures, and sells integrated digital technology platforms worldwide. It operates through PC Client Group, Data Center Group, Other Intel Architecture, Software and Services, and All Other segments. Intel has a market cap of $126.2 billion and is part of the technology sector. Shares are down 2.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 10 analysts that rate Intel a buy, 4 analysts rate it a sell, and 14 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Intel

as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in stock price during the past year, revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, attractive valuation levels and expanding profit margins. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results.

On the negative front,

Digital Power Corporation

(

DPW

), down 8.9%,

Pulse Electronics

(

PULS

), down 6.9%,

Uni-pixel

(

UNXL

), down 4.5% and

Eltek

(

ELTK

), down 3.8% , were all laggards within the electronics industry with

Cepheid

(

CPHD

) 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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