The computer hardware industry closed the day down 2.8%. Socket Mobile Inc ( SCKT) and Performance Technologies Inc ( PTIX) were all winners today within the computer hardware industry with Xyratex ( XRTX) being today's featured computer hardware winner. Xyratex rose 10 cents (0.8%) to $12.76 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 816,955 shares of Xyratex exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 358,400 shares.

Xyratex Ltd provides modular enterprise-class data storage solutions and storage process technology. The company designs, develops, and manufactures enabling technology that supports storage and data communication networks. Xyratex has a market cap of $341.3 million and is part of the technology sector. The company has a P/E ratio of nine, below the average computer hardware industry P/E ratio of 9.1 and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 22.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Xyratex 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 and attractive valuation levels. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity and poor profit margins.

On the negative front, Mitek Systems Inc ( MITK), Western Digital Corporation ( WDC), Hauppauge Digital ( HAUP), and Aruba Networks Inc ( ARUN) 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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