Agilent Technologies Inc (A): Today's Featured Electronics Winner

Agilent Technologies ( A) pushed the Electronics industry higher today making it today's featured electronics winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.5%. By the end of trading, Agilent Technologies rose 57 cents (1.4%) to $42.56 on average volume. Throughout the day, 2.6 million shares of Agilent Technologies exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.9 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $41.56-$42.67 after having opened the day at $42.20 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $41.99. Other companies within the Electronics industry that increased today were: Vimicro International Corporation ( VIMC), up 17.5%, A123 Systems ( AONE), up 16.7%, Bel Fuse ( BELFA), up 13.1%, and Bel Fuse ( BELFB), up 11.3%.

Agilent Technologies, Inc. provides bio-analytical and electronic measurement solutions to the communications, electronics, life sciences, and chemical analysis industries worldwide. Agilent Technologies has a market cap of $14.32 billion and is part of the technology sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 13.9, equal to the average electronics industry P/E ratio and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 20.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 13 analysts that rate Agilent Technologies a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Agilent Technologies as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself.

On the negative front, Maxwell Technologies ( MXWL), down 39.2%, Silicon Motion Technology Corporation ( SIMO), down 16.3%, Nanometrics Incorporated ( NANO), down 13.3%, and Data I/O Corporation ( DAIO), down 8.2%, were all losers within the electronics industry with Marvell Technology Group ( MRVL) 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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