Corning Inc (GLW): Today's Featured Electronics Laggard

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Corning ( GLW) pushed the Electronics industry lower today making it today's featured Electronics laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day down 1%. By the end of trading, Corning fell 15 cents (-1.1%) to $13.15 on average volume. Throughout the day, 12.1 million shares of Corning exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 12.4 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $13.02-$13.26 after having opened the day at $13.21 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $13.30. Other companies within the Electronics industry that declined today were: LDK Solar Company ( LDK), down 12.8%, Nexxus Lighting ( NEXS), down 12.5%, Enphase Energy ( ENPH), down 10%, and Ascent Solar Technologies ( ASTI), down 8.8%.
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Corning Incorporated produces specialty glasses, ceramics, and related materials worldwide. The company operates in five segments: Display Technologies, Telecommunications, Environmental Technologies, Specialty Materials, and Life Sciences. Corning has a market cap of $19.15 billion and is part of the technology sector. The company has a P/E ratio of nine, below the average electronics industry P/E ratio of 9.1 and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 0.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 12 analysts that rate Corning a buy, three analysts rate it a sell, and five rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Corning as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, expanding profit margins and good cash flow from operations. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including feeble growth in the company's earnings per share, deteriorating net income and disappointing return on equity.

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