Hutchinson Technology (HTCH): Today's Featured Computer Hardware Loser

The computer hardware industry closed the day up 1.6%. Radcom ( RDCM), Performance Technologies Inc ( PTIX), Xata Corporation ( XATA), and Hauppauge Digital ( HAUP) were all decliners today within the computer hardware industry with Hutchinson Technology ( HTCH) being today's featured computer hardware loser. Hutchinson Technology fell 7 cents (-3.6%) to $1.87 on average volume. Throughout the day, 230,329 shares of Hutchinson Technology exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 229,900 shares.

Hutchinson Technology Incorporated engages in the design, development, manufacture, and supply of suspension assemblies for disk drives. It operates in two divisions, Disk Drive Components and BioMeasurement. Hutchinson Technology has a market cap of $42.8 million and is part of the technology sector. Shares are down 47.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Hutchinson Technology as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its disappointing return on equity, weak operating cash flow, poor profit margins and generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself.

On the positive front, Riverbed Technology Incorporated ( RVBD), Mitek Systems Inc ( MITK), Dataram Corporation ( DRAM), and Universal Display Corporation ( PANL) were all gainers within the computer hardware industry with Apple Incorporated ( AAPL) being today's featured computer hardware industry winner.

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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