Dell Inc (DELL): Today's Featured Computer Hardware Loser

Dell ( DELL) pushed the Computer Hardware industry lower today making it today's featured Computer Hardware loser. The industry as a whole was unchanged today. By the end of trading, Dell fell 7 cents (-0.6%) to $12.12 on average volume. Throughout the day, 19.4 million shares of Dell exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 19.5 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $12.02-$12.30 after having opened the day at $12.24 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $12.19. Other company's within the Computer Hardware industry that declined today were: Xata Corporation ( XATA), down 6.1%, Dataram Corporation ( DRAM), down 6.1%, Acorn Energy ( ACFN), down 5.5%, and Hauppauge Digital ( HAUP), down 5.4%.

Dell Inc. provides integrated technology solutions in the information technology (IT) industry worldwide. Dell has a market cap of $21.55 billion and is part of the technology sector. The company has a P/E ratio of seven, equal to the average computer hardware industry P/E ratio and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 15.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 11 analysts that rate Dell a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 13 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Dell as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its attractive valuation levels and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, poor profit margins and weak operating cash flow.

On the positive front, Digital Generation ( DGIT), up 22.8%, Crossroads Systems Incorporated ( CRDS), up 8.9%, MTS Medication Technologies ( MTSI), up 7%, and Mad Catz Interactive ( MCZ), up 4.7%, were all gainers within the computer hardware industry with Western Digital Corporation ( WDC) 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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