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) pushed the Computer Hardware industry higher today making it today's featured computer hardware winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.5%. By the end of trading, SanDisk rose $0.84 (1.6%) to $54.26 on average volume. Throughout the day, 3,682,227 shares of SanDisk exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3,968,700 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $53.13-$54.46 after having opened the day at $53.91 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $53.42. Other companies within the Computer Hardware industry that increased today were:

M/A-COM Technology Solutions Holdings



), up 4.8%,

OCZ Technology Group



), up 4.0%,

Silicon Graphics International



), up 3.3% and

Datalink Corporation



), up 2.7%.

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Sandisk Corporation designs, develops, manufactures, and markets flash storage card products that are used in various consumer electronics products. SanDisk has a market cap of $12.6 billion and is part of the technology sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 27.3, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 22.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

TheStreet Ratings rates SanDisk as a


. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in net income, revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, good cash flow from operations and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity.

On the negative front,

Performance Technologies



), down 11.4%,

Juniper Networks



), down 9.6%,

Rimage Corporation



), down 5.4% and

Super Micro Computer



), down 4.9% , were all laggards within the computer hardware industry with

Aruba Networks



) 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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