ASML Holding NV ADR (ASML): Today's Featured Electronics Winner

ASML Holding NV ADR ( ASML) pushed the Electronics industry higher today making it today's featured electronics winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.1%. By the end of trading, ASML Holding NV ADR rose 59 cents (1.2%) to $49.19 on light volume. Throughout the day, 1.4 million shares of ASML Holding NV ADR exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.2 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $48.76-$49.45 after having opened the day at $49.08 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $48.60. Other companies within the Electronics industry that increased today were: ClearSign Combustion ( CLIR), up 26.2%, Giga-tronics ( GIGA), up 9.5%, Sigmatron International ( SGMA), up 7.5%, and Hoku ( HOKU), up 6.6%.

ASML Holding N.V., through its subsidiaries, engages in designing, manufacturing, marketing, and servicing semiconductor processing equipment used in the fabrication of integrated circuits. ASML Holding NV ADR has a market cap of $20.88 billion and is part of the technology sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 67.2, above the average electronics industry P/E ratio of 11.7 and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 16.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are nine analysts that rate ASML Holding NV ADR a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

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

On the negative front, Enova Systems ( ENA), down 14.4%, Memsic ( MEMS), down 12.9%, Winland Electronics ( WEX), down 10.5%, and Daystar Technologies ( DSTI), down 7.2%, were all losers within the electronics industry with Jabil Circuit ( JBL) 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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