The computer hardware industry closed the day down 1.8%. Dataram Corporation ( DRAM), Crossroads Systems Incorporated ( CRDS), Interphase ( INPH), and OCZ Technology Group Inc ( OCZ) were all winners today within the computer hardware industry with Juniper Networks Inc ( JNPR) being today's featured computer hardware winner. Juniper Networks Inc rose 68 cents (3.3%) to $21.24 on light volume. Throughout the day, 2.8 million shares of Juniper Networks Inc exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 13 million shares.

Juniper Networks, Inc. designs, develops, and sells products and services that provide network infrastructure to create environments for the deployment of services and applications over a single network. Juniper Networks Inc has a market cap of $10.8 billion and is part of the technology sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 17.4, below the average computer hardware industry P/E ratio of 21 and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 44.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Juniper as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and good cash flow from operations. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including unimpressive growth in net income and a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself.

On the negative front, Imation Corporation ( IMN), Universal Display Corporation ( PANL), Lexmark International Inc ( LXK), and Dot Hill Systems Corporation ( HILL) 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).