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Riverbed Technology



) pushed the Computer Hardware industry higher today making it today's featured computer hardware winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.6%. By the end of trading, Riverbed Technology rose $1.63 (7.9%) to $22.28 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 5,327,986 shares of Riverbed Technology exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2,298,500 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $20.45-$22.76 after having opened the day at $20.63 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $20.65. Other companies within the Computer Hardware industry that increased today were:

Overland Storage



), up 4.0%,

Radisys Corporation



), up 3.8%,




), up 3.6% and

Echelon Corporation



), up 3.5%.

Riverbed Technology, Inc. provides application performance infrastructure solutions in the United States and internationally. It offers Steelhead products, a suite of WAN optimization products delivered on virtual appliances, software, and public cloud environments. Riverbed Technology has a market cap of $3.4 billion and is part of the technology sector. Shares are up 16.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate Riverbed Technology a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 20 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Riverbed Technology as a


. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, solid stock price performance and increase in net income. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the company's return on equity has been disappointing.

On the negative front,

Nimble Storage



), down 9.4%,




), down 4.3%,

Identive Group



), down 3.9% and




), down 3.9% , were all laggards within the computer hardware industry with




) 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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