SanDisk Corp (SNDK): Today's Featured Computer Hardware Laggard

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SanDisk ( SNDK) pushed the Computer Hardware industry lower today making it today's featured Computer Hardware laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day up 1.1%. By the end of trading, SanDisk fell 65 cents (-1.6%) to $39.79 on average volume. Throughout the day, 4.8 million shares of SanDisk exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of five million shares. The stock ranged in price between $39.49-$40.69 after having opened the day at $40.60 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $40.44. Other companies within the Computer Hardware industry that declined today were: Performance Technologies ( PTIX), down 8.9%, iGo ( IGOI), down 7.3%, Immersion Corporation ( IMMR), down 5.1%, and Overland Storage ( OVRL), down 5.1%.
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Sandisk Corporation designs, develops, and manufactures NAND flash memory storage solutions that are used in various consumer electronics products. SanDisk has a market cap of $9.71 billion and is part of the technology sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 20.4, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 18.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 16 analysts that rate SanDisk a buy, one analyst rates it a sell, and five rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates SanDisk as a buy. Among the primary strengths of the company is its solid financial position based on a variety of debt and liquidity measures that we have evaluated. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself.

On the positive front, OCZ Technology Group ( OCZ), up 24.4%, Dataram Corporation ( DRAM), up 13.8%, Aruba Networks ( ARUN), up 7.3%, and Radcom ( RDCM), up 5%, were all gainers within the computer hardware industry with NetApp ( NTAP) 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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