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 down 0.3%. By the end of trading, Agilent Technologies rose 41 cents (1%) to $40.66 on light volume. Throughout the day, 1.8 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 $40.11-$40.74 after having opened the day at $40.29 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $40.25. Other companies within the Electronics industry that increased today were: Suntech Power Holdings ( STP), up 15.7%, MEMC Electronic Materials ( WFR), up 10.7%, Enova Systems ( ENA), up 10.6%, and ION Geophysical Corporation ( IO), up 9.7%.

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 $13.63 billion and is part of the technology sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 12.6, equal to the average electronics industry P/E ratio and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 12.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 14 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 notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow.

On the negative front, EZChip Semiconductor ( EZCH), down 25%, Enphase Energy ( ENPH), down 24%, Pulse Electronics ( PULS), down 19.5%, and GSI Group ( GSIG), down 11.6%, were all laggards within the electronics industry with Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing ( TSM) being today's electronics industry laggard.

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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