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Dell ( DELL) pushed the Computer Hardware industry higher today making it today's featured computer hardware winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.6%. By the end of trading, Dell rose 18 cents (1.9%) to $9.58 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 38.9 million shares of Dell exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 20.1 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $9.41-$9.70 after having opened the day at $9.42 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $9.40. Other companies within the Computer Hardware industry that increased today were: Concurrent Computer Corporation ( CCUR), up 6.5%, Hutchinson Technology ( HTCH), up 5.8%, Video Display Corporation ( VIDE), up 5.2%, and Cisco Systems ( CSCO), up 4.8%.
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Dell Inc. provides integrated technology solutions in the information technology (IT) industry worldwide. Dell has a market cap of $16.21 billion and is part of the technology sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 5.6, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 36.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 11 analysts that rate Dell a buy, one analyst rates it a sell, and 14 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Dell as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its attractive valuation levels and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, poor profit margins and weak operating cash flow.

On the negative front, Mitek Systems ( MITK), down 12%, Quantum Corporation ( QTM), down 6.4%, Echelon Corporation ( ELON), down 6.4%, and Immersion Corporation ( IMMR), down 6.1%, were all laggards within the computer hardware industry with Apple ( AAPL) being today's computer hardware industry laggard.

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