Mellanox Technologies Ltd. (MLNX): Today's Featured Electronics Laggard

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Mellanox Technologies ( MLNX) pushed the Electronics industry lower today making it today's featured Electronics laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day up 1.1%. By the end of trading, Mellanox Technologies fell $8.07 (-9.6%) to $76.23 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 2.7 million shares of Mellanox Technologies exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.3 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $74.50-$83.68 after having opened the day at $83.36 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $84.30. Other companies within the Electronics industry that declined today were: Giga-tronics ( GIGA), down 13%, AMSC ( AMSC), down 8.3%, Aetrium Incorporated ( ATRM), down 7.7%, and Pulse Electronics ( PULS), down 6.8%.
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Mellanox technologies, Ltd., a fabless semiconductor company, produces and supplies interconnect products for computing, storage, and communication applications in the computing, Web 2.0, storage, financial services, database, and cloud markets. Mellanox Technologies has a market cap of $3.61 billion and is part of the technology sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 27.9, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 162.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are five analysts that rate Mellanox Technologies a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and two rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Mellanox Technologies 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, notable return on equity, expanding profit margins and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company is trading at a premium valuation based on our review of its current price compared to such things as earnings and book value.

On the positive front, Trina Solar ( TSL), up 20.6%, Renewable Energy Trade Board ( EBOD), up 14.6%, Anadigics ( ANAD), up 14%, and Yingli Green Energy Holding Company ( YGE), up 13.3%, were all gainers within the electronics industry with Agilent Technologies ( A) being today's featured electronics industry leader.

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