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SunPower

(

SPWR

) pushed the Electronics industry higher today making it today's featured electronics winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 2.5%. By the end of trading, SunPower rose $2.16 (6.8%) to $34.18 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 9,752,330 shares of SunPower exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3,003,700 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $32.33-$34.89 after having opened the day at $32.35 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $32.02. Other companies within the Electronics industry that increased today were:

Itron

(

ITRI

), up 10.9%,

Lattice Semiconductor

(

LSCC

), up 7.6%,

Cirrus Logic

(

CRUS

), up 4.8% and

Applied Micro Circuits

(

AMCC

), up 4.8%.

SunPower Corporation, an energy services company, designs, manufactures, and delivers solar systems to residential, commercial, and utility customers. It operates in three segments: the Americas, the EMEA, and the APAC. SunPower has a market cap of $3.8 billion and is part of the technology sector. Shares are up 7.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate SunPower a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates SunPower as a

hold

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

On the negative front,

Mellanox Technologies

(

TheStreet Recommends

MLNX

), down 15.3%,

Freescale Semiconductor

(

FSL

), down 13.8%,

Yingli Green Energy

(

YGE

), down 12.8% and

Plug Power

(

PLUG

), down 10.7% , were all laggards within the electronics industry with

Intel

(

INTC

) 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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