ASML Holding NV (ASML): Today's Featured Electronics Laggard

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ASML ( ASML) pushed the Electronics industry lower today making it today's featured Electronics laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.9%. By the end of trading, ASML fell $1.10 (-1.9%) to $55.01 on average volume. Throughout the day, 1.7 million shares of ASML exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.2 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $54.79-$55.60 after having opened the day at $55.56 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $56.10. Other companies within the Electronics industry that declined today were: Affymetrix ( AFFX), down 13.9%, BTU International ( BTUI), down 10.7%, Intersil Corporation ( ISIL), down 9.9%, and Nexxus Lighting ( NEXS), down 9.7%.
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ASML Holding N.V., through its subsidiaries, engages in designing, manufacturing, marketing, and servicing semiconductor processing equipment used in the fabrication of integrated circuits. ASML has a market cap of $22.72 billion and is part of the technology sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 75.2, above the average electronics industry P/E ratio of 14 and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 34.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are seven analysts that rate ASML a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and two rate it a hold.

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

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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