Western Digital Corporation (WDC): Today's Featured Computer Hardware Laggard

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Western Digital Corporation ( WDC) pushed the Computer Hardware industry lower today making it today's featured Computer Hardware laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day down 2.5%. By the end of trading, Western Digital Corporation fell $1.74 (-4.7%) to $35.30 on average volume. Throughout the day, 3.8 million shares of Western Digital Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.9 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $35.27-$36.78 after having opened the day at $36.77 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $37.04. Other companies within the Computer Hardware industry that declined today were: STEC ( STEC), down 19.4%, Universal Display Corporation ( PANL), down 12.1%, Mad Catz Interactive ( MCZ), down 10.1%, and Echelon Corporation ( ELON), down 8.9%.
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Western Digital Corporation, through its subsidiaries, engages in the development, manufacture, and sale of storage products that enable people to create, manage, experience, and preserve digital content. The company principally offers hard drives comprising 3.5-inch and 2.5-inch form factors. Western Digital Corporation has a market cap of $8.66 billion and is part of the technology sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 4.7, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 14.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are seven analysts that rate Western Digital Corporation a buy, one analyst rates it a sell, and 10 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Western Digital Corporation 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, solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth and compelling growth in net income. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results.

On the positive front, iGo ( IGOI), up 9.2%, Silicon Graphics International ( SGI), up 7.5%, Mitek Systems ( MITK), up 5.3%, and Rimage Corporation ( RIMG), up 4.7%, were all gainers within the computer hardware industry with Juniper Networks ( JNPR) being today's featured computer hardware industry leader.

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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