Dell Inc (DELL): Today's Featured Technology Loser

Dell ( DELL) pushed the Technology sector lower today making it today's featured Technology loser. The sector as a whole was unchanged today. By the end of trading, Dell fell 22 cents (-1.4%) to $16.18 on average volume. Throughout the day, 15.6 million shares of Dell exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 17.2 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $16.12-$16.40 after having opened the day at $16.27 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $16.40. Other company's within the Technology sector that declined today were: Qiao Xing Communication ( QXM), down 29.4%, CEVA ( CEVA), down 22.3%, Ubiquiti Networks ( UBNT), down 17.4%, and Opentable ( OPEN), down 15%.

Dell Inc. provides integrated technology solutions in the information technology (IT) industry worldwide. Dell has a market cap of $28.84 billion and is part of the computer hardware industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 8.7, equal to the average computer hardware industry P/E ratio and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 12.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 11 analysts that rate Dell a buy, one analyst rates it a sell, and 11 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Dell as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, notable return on equity, attractive valuation levels, good cash flow from operations 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 positive front, Standard Microsystems Corporation ( SMSC), up 38.8%, Group ( WWWW), up 19.7%, Calix ( CALX), up 17.4%, and TripAdvisor ( TRIP), up 16.7%, were all gainers within the technology sector with Red Hat ( RHT) being today's featured technology sector winner.

For investors not wanting singular stock exposure, ETFs may be of interest. Investors who are bullish on the technology sector could consider Technology Select Sector SPDR ( XLK) while those bearish on the technology sector could consider ProShares Ultra Short Technology ( REW).

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