EMC Corporation (EMC): Today's Featured Computer Hardware Laggard

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EMC Corporation ( EMC) pushed the Computer Hardware industry lower today making it today's featured Computer Hardware laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day down 1.4%. By the end of trading, EMC Corporation fell $1.02 (-4%) to $24.18 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 132.9 million shares of EMC Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 19.9 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $23.11-$24.39 after having opened the day at $23.64 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $25.20. Other companies within the Computer Hardware industry that declined today were: Hutchinson Technology ( HTCH), down 16.1%, Lexmark International ( LXK), down 15.1%, OCZ Technology Group ( OCZ), down 14.6%, and Seagate Technology ( STX), down 9.4%.
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EMC Corporation develops, delivers, and supports the information and virtual infrastructure technologies and solutions. EMC Corporation has a market cap of $53.21 billion and is part of the technology sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 20.7, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 0.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 27 analysts that rate EMC Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and five rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates EMC Corporation as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in net income, revenue growth, growth in earnings per share, expanding profit margins and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself.

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