Teradata Corporation (TDC): Today's Featured Computer Hardware Winner

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Teradata Corporation ( TDC) pushed the Computer Hardware industry higher today making it today's featured computer hardware winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 1.1%. By the end of trading, Teradata Corporation rose $1.59 (2.2%) to $74.59 on average volume. Throughout the day, 1.4 million shares of Teradata Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.5 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $72.95-$74.83 after having opened the day at $73.77 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $73. Other companies within the Computer Hardware industry that increased today were: Sycamore Networks ( SCMR), up 11.3%, Stratasys ( SSYS), up 5.5%, Lantronix ( LTRX), up 4.5%, and Mad Catz Interactive ( MCZ), up 3.7%.
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Teradata Corporation provides analytic data solutions worldwide. The company offers various data warehousing solutions that comprise software, hardware, and related business consulting and support services. Teradata Corporation has a market cap of $12.26 billion and is part of the technology sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 32.3, above the average computer hardware industry P/E ratio of 32.2 and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 50.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 12 analysts that rate Teradata Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and five rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Teradata Corporation 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, expanding profit margins, growth in earnings per share and increase in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow.

On the negative front, OCZ Technology Group ( OCZ), down 21%, XRS ( XRSC), down 14.9%, Interphase ( INPH), down 9.1%, and Identive Group ( INVE), down 6.3%, were all laggards within the computer hardware industry with Western Digital Corporation ( WDC) being today's computer hardware industry laggard.

For investors not wanting singular stock exposure, ETFs may be of interest. Investors who are bullish on the computer hardware industry could consider iShares Dow Jones US Technology ( IYW) while those bearish on the computer hardware industry could consider ProShares Ultra Short Semiconductor ( SSG).

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