Intel Corp (INTC): Today's Featured Electronics Laggard

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Intel ( INTC) pushed the Electronics industry lower today making it today's featured Electronics laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.4%. By the end of trading, Intel fell 29 cents (-1.3%) to $22.55 on average volume. Throughout the day, 48.3 million shares of Intel exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 40.4 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $22.49-$22.97 after having opened the day at $22.86 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $22.84. Other companies within the Electronics industry that declined today were: Dynasil Corporation of America ( DYSL), down 17.3%, Superconductor Technologies ( SCON), down 16.3%, Aehr Test Systems ( AEHR), down 7.4%, and Nexxus Lighting ( NEXS), down 6.7%.
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Intel Corporation designs, manufactures, and sells integrated digital technology platforms primarily in the Asia-Pacific, the Americas, Europe, and Japan. Intel has a market cap of $113.84 billion and is part of the technology sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 9.7, equal to the average electronics industry P/E ratio and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 5.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 15 analysts that rate Intel a buy, two analysts rate it a sell, and 23 rate it a hold.

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

On the positive front, Winland Electronics ( WEX), up 22.2%, Microvision ( MVIS), up 5.3%, Itron ( ITRI), up 5.1%, and ClearSign Combustion ( CLIR), up 4.9%, were all gainers within the electronics industry with Mellanox Technologies ( MLNX) being today's featured electronics industry leader.

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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