Corning Inc (GLW): Today's Featured Electronics Laggard

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Corning ( GLW) pushed the Electronics industry lower today making it today's featured Electronics laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.9%. By the end of trading, Corning fell 13 cents (-1%) to $12.86 on light volume. Throughout the day, 6.3 million shares of Corning exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 14.6 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $12.86-$13.09 after having opened the day at $12.95 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $12.99. Other companies within the Electronics industry that declined today were: PLX Technology ( PLXT), down 18%, Pulse Electronics ( PULS), down 7.9%, Viasystems Group ( VIAS), down 6.9%, and Enphase Energy ( ENPH), down 6.2%.
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Corning Incorporated produces specialty glasses, ceramics, and related materials worldwide. The company operates in five segments: Display Technologies, Telecommunications, Environmental Technologies, Specialty Materials, and Life Sciences. Corning has a market cap of $18.69 billion and is part of the technology sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 10, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 2.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 12 analysts that rate Corning a buy, three analysts rate it a sell, and four rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Corning as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including feeble growth in the company's earnings per share, deteriorating net income and disappointing return on equity.

On the positive front, Daqo New Energy ( DQ), up 16.9%, Suntech Power Holdings ( STP), up 16.8%, Renewable Energy Trade Board ( EBOD), up 12.8%, and LDK Solar Company ( LDK), up 12.8%, were all gainers within the electronics industry with Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing ( TSM) being today's featured electronics industry leader.

For investors not wanting singular stock exposure, ETFs may be of interest. Investors who are bullish on the electronics industry could consider iShares Dow Jones US Technology ( IYW) while those bearish on the electronics industry could consider ProShares Ultra Short Semiconductor ( SSG).

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