NetApp Inc. (NTAP): Today's Featured Computer Hardware Winner

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NetApp ( NTAP) pushed the Computer Hardware industry higher today making it today's featured computer hardware winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 1.4%. By the end of trading, NetApp rose 37 cents (1.2%) to $30.27 on average volume. Throughout the day, 7.8 million shares of NetApp exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6.5 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $29.82-$30.43 after having opened the day at $29.97 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $29.90. Other companies within the Computer Hardware industry that increased today were: Lantronix ( LTRX), up 6.5%, Juniper Networks ( JNPR), up 5.1%, Mercury Computer Systems ( MRCY), up 3.2%, and Mitek Systems ( MITK), up 2.7%.
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NetApp, Inc. engages in design, manufacture, marketing, and technical support of networked storage solutions. The company supply enterprise storage and data management software, and hardware products and services. NetApp has a market cap of $10.82 billion and is part of the technology sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 21.1, equal to the average computer hardware industry P/E ratio and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 17.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 10 analysts that rate NetApp a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 18 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates NetApp as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself.

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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