NetApp Inc. (NTAP): Today's Featured Computer Hardware Loser

NetApp ( NTAP) pushed the Computer Hardware industry lower today making it today's featured Computer Hardware loser. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.2%. By the end of trading, NetApp fell 38 cents (-1%) to $39.03 on light volume. Throughout the day, 4.9 million shares of NetApp exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6.8 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $38.99-$39.50 after having opened the day at $39.43 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $39.41. Other company's within the Computer Hardware industry that declined today were: Digi International ( DGII), down 16.4%, Western Digital Corporation ( WDC), down 14%, Performance Technologies ( PTIX), down 8.9%, and Synaptics ( SYNA), down 6.8%.

NetApp, Inc. engages in the design, manufacturing, marketing, and technical support of networked storage solutions. It supplies enterprise storage and data management software, and hardware products and services. NetApp has a market cap of $14.25 billion and is part of the technology sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 26.2, above the average computer hardware industry P/E ratio of 24.8 and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 8.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 14 analysts that rate NetApp a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 13 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates NetApp as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, 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 lackluster performance in the stock itself.

On the positive front, Cray ( CRAY), up 27.9%, Universal Display Corporation ( PANL), up 8.8%, Radcom ( RDCM), up 7.4%, and Logitech International S.A ( LOGI), up 7.2%, were all gainers within the computer hardware industry with Aruba Networks ( ARUN) being today's featured computer hardware industry winner.

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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