Siemens AG (SI): Today's Featured Technology Winner

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Siemens ( SI) pushed the Technology sector higher today making it today's featured technology winner. The sector as a whole closed the day up 0.5%. By the end of trading, Siemens rose $1.40 (1.4%) to $103.29 on light volume. Throughout the day, 411,263 shares of Siemens exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 624,000 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $102.76-$103.57 after having opened the day at $103.07 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $101.89. Other companies within the Technology sector that increased today were: CollabRx ( CLRX), up 38%, Vringo ( VRNG), up 22.1%, e-Future Information Technology ( EFUT), up 21.3%, and Kingtone Wirelessinfo Solution ( KONE), up 19.1%.
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Siemens Aktiengesellschaft, an electronics and electrical engineering company, operates in the industry, energy, healthcare, and infrastructure and cities sectors worldwide. Siemens has a market cap of $89.28 billion and is part of the telecommunications industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 32.1, above the average telecommunications industry P/E ratio of 17.1 and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 6.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are four analysts that rate Siemens a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and four rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Siemens as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in net income, increase in stock price during the past year and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including disappointing return on equity, poor profit margins and weak operating cash flow.

On the negative front, Informatica Corporation ( INFA), down 22.6%, China Mobile Games and Entertainment Group ( CMGE), down 16%, Aetrium Incorporated ( ATRM), down 9.3%, and O2Micro International Ltd. ADR ( OIIM), down 6.3%, were all laggards within the technology sector with TIBCO Software ( TIBX) being today's technology sector laggard.

For investors not wanting singular stock exposure, ETFs may be of interest. Investors who are bullish on the technology sector could consider Technology Select Sector SPDR ( XLK) while those bearish on the technology sector could consider ProShares Ultra Short Technology ( REW).

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