NICE-Systems Ltd. (NICE): Today's Featured Computer Hardware Winner

The computer hardware industry closed the day down 2.6%. Top Image Systems ( TISA), Mitek Systems Inc ( MITK), Key Tronic Corporation ( KTCC), and Video Display Corporation ( VIDE) were all winners today within the computer hardware industry with NICE-Systems ( NICE) being today's featured computer hardware winner. NICE-Systems rose 45 cents (1.4%) to $33.82 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 421,360 shares of NICE-Systems exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 217,600 shares.

NICE Systems Ltd., together with its subsidiaries, provides intent-based software and hardware solutions to organizations in enterprise, financial crime, and security sectors. NICE-Systems has a market cap of $2.1 billion and is part of the technology sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 35.8, below the average computer hardware industry P/E ratio of 39.2 and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 5.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday.

TheStreet Ratings rates NICE-Systems as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income and reasonable valuation levels. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow.

On the negative front, Dot Hill Systems Corporation ( HILL), iGo Inc ( IGOI), Western Digital Corporation ( WDC), and Globecomm Systems Inc ( GCOM) were all losers within the computer hardware industry with Hewlett-Packard ( HPQ) 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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