Xilinx Inc ( XLNX) pushed the Electronics industry higher today making it today's featured electronics winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 2.4%. By the end of trading, Xilinx Inc rose 27 cents (0.8%) to $33.46 on average volume. Throughout the day, 6.8 million shares of Xilinx Inc exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.3 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $32.98-$33.93 after having opened the day at $32.98 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $33.19. Other companies within the Electronics industry that increased today were: Aetrium Incorporated ( ATRM), up 12%, Nortech Systems Incorporated ( NSYS), up 10%, Superconductor Technologies Inc ( SCON), up 8%, and Wi-Lan Inc ( WILN), up 6.9%.

Xilinx, Inc. designs, develops, and markets programmable platforms in North America, the Asia Pacific, Europe, and Japan. Xilinx Inc has a market cap of $8.4 billion and is part of the technology sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 14.3, equal to the average electronics industry P/E ratio and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 14.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Xilinx as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

On the negative front, Yingli Green Energy Holding Company ( YGE), down 15.1%, Microvision Inc ( MVIS), down 13.4%, Trina Solar ( TSL), down 13%, and ReneSola ( SOL), down 12.3%, were all losers within the electronics industry with Corning Inc ( GLW) being today's electronics industry loser.

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