The computer hardware industry closed the day down 1.5%. Performance Technologies Inc ( PTIX), Pinnacle Data Systems Inc ( PNS), Lantronix Inc ( LTRX), and Dataram Corporation ( DRAM) were all winners today within the computer hardware industry with Synaptics Inc ( SYNA) being today's featured computer hardware winner. Synaptics Inc rose 27 cents (1.1%) to $23.93 on average volume. Throughout the day, 590,710 shares of Synaptics Inc exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 438,600 shares.

Synaptics Incorporated develops and supplies custom-designed human interface solutions that enable people to interact with various mobile computing, communications, entertainment, and other electronic devices. Synaptics Inc has a market cap of $747.6 million and is part of the technology sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 12.9, 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 19.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Synaptics as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, notable return on equity and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself and unimpressive growth in net income.

On the negative front, Stratasys ( SSYS), Interphase ( INPH), Juniper Networks Inc ( JNPR), and iGo Inc ( IGOI) were all losers within the computer hardware industry with Cisco Systems Inc ( CSCO) being today's computer hardware industry Loser Spotlight stock.

For investors not wanting singular stock exposure, ETFs may be of interest. Investors who are bullish on the computer hardware industry could consider iShares Dow Jones US Technology ( IYW) while those bearish on the computer hardware industry could consider ProShares Ultra Short Semiconductor ( SSG).
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