Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing (TSM): Today's Featured Electronics Laggard

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Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing ( TSM) pushed the Electronics industry lower today making it today's featured Electronics laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day down 1.6%. By the end of trading, Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing fell 33 cents (-2.1%) to $15.22 on average volume. Throughout the day, 13.7 million shares of Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 11.9 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $15.16-$15.38 after having opened the day at $15.29 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $15.55. Other companies within the Electronics industry that declined today were: Pixelworks ( PXLW), down 20.3%, Suntech Power Holdings ( STP), down 17.6%, Advanced Micro Devices ( AMD), down 16.8%, and Marvell Technology Group ( MRVL), down 14.3%.
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Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company Limited engages in the computer-aided designing, manufacturing, packaging, testing, and selling integrated circuits and other semiconductor devices; and manufacturing masks. Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing has a market cap of $80.87 billion and is part of the technology sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 18.1, above the average electronics industry P/E ratio of 17.6 and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 20.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there is one analyst that rates Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing a buy, one analyst rates it a sell, and four rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in net income, revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, solid stock price performance and expanding profit margins. Although no company is perfect, currently we do not see any significant weaknesses which are likely to detract from the generally positive outlook.

On the positive front, SatCon Technology Corporation ( SATC), up 110.8%, A123 Systems ( AONE), up 64.7%, Spire Corporation ( SPIR), up 9.3%, and Uni-pixel ( UNXL), up 8.6%, were all gainers within the electronics industry with Cymer ( CYMI) 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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