F5 Networks Inc. (FFIV): Today's Featured Technology Winner

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F5 Networks ( FFIV) pushed the Technology sector higher today making it today's featured technology winner. The sector as a whole closed the day up 0.7%. By the end of trading, F5 Networks rose $2.57 (2.9%) to $90.05 on light volume. Throughout the day, 1.2 million shares of F5 Networks exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.1 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $87.51-$90.20 after having opened the day at $87.63 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $87.48. Other companies within the Technology sector that increased today were: Memsic ( MEMS), up 71.8%, China Digital TV ( STV), up 49.7%, Spire Corporation ( SPIR), up 22.5%, and eOn Communications Corporation ( EONC), up 17.9%.
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F5 Networks, Inc. provides application delivery networking technology that optimizes the delivery of network-based applications, and the security, performance, and availability of servers, data storage devices, and other network resources in the Americas, EMEA, Japan, and the Asia Pacific. F5 Networks has a market cap of $6.96 billion and is part of the computer software & services industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 20.2, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 17.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 15 analysts that rate F5 Networks a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 14 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates F5 Networks 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, growth in earnings per share and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself.

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