Intel Corp (INTC): Today's Featured Electronics Winner

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Intel ( INTC) pushed the Electronics industry higher today making it today's featured electronics winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 1.7%. By the end of trading, Intel rose 63 cents (2.9%) to $22.26 on average volume. Throughout the day, 49.9 million shares of Intel exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 44 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $21.72-$22.41 after having opened the day at $21.76 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $21.63. Other companies within the Electronics industry that increased today were: Newport Corporation ( NEWP), up 16.8%, Pulse Electronics ( PULS), up 16.4%, GigOptix ( GIG), up 12.2%, and PLX Technology ( PLXT), up 12%.
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Intel Corporation designs, manufactures, and sells integrated digital technology platforms primarily in the Asia-Pacific, the Americas, Europe, and Japan. Intel has a market cap of $109.82 billion and is part of the technology sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 9.6, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 10.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 12 analysts that rate Intel a buy, three analysts rate it a sell, and 23 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Intel 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, attractive valuation levels, 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.

On the negative front, Faro Technologies ( FARO), down 18.2%, Aetrium Incorporated ( ATRM), down 12.5%, Advanced Photonix ( API), down 9.4%, and Dynasil Corporation of America ( DYSL), down 8.3%, were all laggards within the electronics industry with Cirrus Logic ( CRUS) being today's electronics industry laggard.

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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