Stratasys (SSYS): Today's Featured Computer Hardware Winner

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Stratasys ( SSYS) pushed the Computer Hardware industry higher today making it today's featured computer hardware winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.7%. By the end of trading, Stratasys rose $4.84 (7.8%) to $66.49 on average volume. Throughout the day, 771,050 shares of Stratasys exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 617,200 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $63.49-$66.97 after having opened the day at $63.66 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $61.65. Other companies within the Computer Hardware industry that increased today were: Globecomm Systems ( GCOM), up 5.4%, Omnicell ( OMCL), up 4.3%, OCZ Technology Group ( OCZ), up 3.8%, and Echelon Corporation ( ELON), up 3.8%.
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Stratasys, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, engages in the development, manufacture, marketing, and servicing of three-dimensional (3D) printers, rapid prototyping (RP) systems, and related consumable materials for office-based RP and direct digital manufacturing (DDM) markets. Stratasys has a market cap of $1.32 billion and is part of the technology sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 69.5, equal to the average computer hardware industry P/E ratio and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 103.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are two analysts that rate Stratasys a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and three rate it a hold.

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

On the negative front, Logitech International S.A ( LOGI), down 18.5%, Quantum Corporation ( QTM), down 15.3%, Interphase ( INPH), down 10.9%, and Video Display Corporation ( VIDE), down 6%, were all laggards within the computer hardware industry with Apple ( AAPL) 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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