Jabil Circuit Inc. (JBL): Today's Featured Electronics Laggard

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Jabil Circuit ( JBL) pushed the Electronics industry lower today making it today's featured Electronics laggard. The industry as a whole was unchanged today. By the end of trading, Jabil Circuit fell 34 cents (-1.7%) to $19.60 on light volume. Throughout the day, 1.8 million shares of Jabil Circuit exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.2 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $19.52-$20 after having opened the day at $20 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $19.94. Other companies within the Electronics industry that declined today were: Perceptron ( PRCP), down 11.1%, Uni-pixel ( UNXL), down 9.1%, New Energy Systems Group ( NEWN), down 8%, and Nam Tai Electronics ( NTE), down 7.7%.
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Jabil Circuit, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, provides electronic manufacturing services and solutions worldwide. Jabil Circuit has a market cap of $4.04 billion and is part of the technology sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 10.9, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 3.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are eight analysts that rate Jabil Circuit a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and three rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Jabil Circuit as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, good cash flow from operations and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins.

On the positive front, Advanced Photonix ( API), up 20%, Transcat ( TRNS), up 9.2%, Lattice Semiconductor Corporation ( LSCC), up 6.9%, and Netlist ( NLST), up 6.8%, were all gainers within the electronics industry with NVIDIA Corporation ( NVDA) being today's featured electronics industry leader.

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