Intel Corp (INTC): Today's Featured Electronics Winner

Intel ( INTC) pushed the Electronics industry higher today making it today's featured electronics winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.9%. By the end of trading, Intel rose 36 cents (1.3%) to $28.22 on average volume. Throughout the day, 32.5 million shares of Intel exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 36.9 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $27.75-$28.30 after having opened the day at $27.80 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $27.86. Other companies within the Electronics industry that increased today were: Cirrus Logic ( CRUS), up 18.6%, SemiLEDs ( LEDS), up 8.7%, Advanced Photonix ( API), up 8.6%, and Aixtron SE NA ( AIXG), up 6.9%.

Intel Corporation designs, manufactures, and sells integrated digital technology platforms primarily in the Asia-Pacific, the Americas, Europe, and Japan. Intel has a market cap of $136.76 billion and is part of the technology sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 11.5, equal to the average electronics industry P/E ratio and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 14.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 18 analysts that rate Intel a buy, one analyst rates it a sell, and 19 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Intel as a buy. 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, notable return on equity, expanding profit margins and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

On the negative front, AXT ( AXTI), down 15.2%, Triquint Semiconductor ( TQNT), down 12.9%, Mattson Technology ( MTSN), down 10.5%, and Sequans Communications SA ADR ( SQNS), down 7.9%, were all losers within the electronics industry with IPG Photonics Corporation ( IPGP) 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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