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Lexmark International



) pushed the Computer Hardware industry higher today making it today's featured computer hardware winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 1.5%. By the end of trading, Lexmark International rose 46 cents (2.2%) to $21.53 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 4.2 million shares of Lexmark International exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.9 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $20.92-$21.86 after having opened the day at $21.05 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $21.07. Other companies within the Computer Hardware industry that increased today were:

Identive Group



), up 4.3%,




), up 4.1%,

Overland Storage



), up 3.3%, and

Transact Technologies



), up 2.2%.

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Lexmark International, Inc. develops, manufactures, and supplies printing and imaging solutions for offices. It offers laser printers, inkjet printers, and multifunction devices, as well as cartridges and other supplies, services, and solutions. Lexmark International has a market cap of $1.52 billion and is part of the


sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 6.8, equal to the average computer hardware industry P/E ratio and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 34.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are no analysts that rate Lexmark International a buy, five analysts rate it a sell, and four rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Lexmark International as a


. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its attractive valuation levels, expanding profit margins and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including feeble growth in the company's earnings per share, deteriorating net income and weak operating cash flow.

On the negative front,

Finisar Corporation



), down 9.5%,

Dataram Corporation



), down 8.2%,




), down 7.9%, and

Performance Technologies



), down 6.2%, were all laggards within the computer hardware industry with

Cisco Systems



) being today's computer hardware industry laggard.

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) while those bearish on the computer hardware industry could consider

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