4 Stocks Pushing The Electronics Industry Lower

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All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 18 points (-0.1%) at 13,964 as of Thursday, Feb. 14, 2013, 11:49 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,305 issues advancing vs. 1,524 declining with 153 unchanged.

The Electronics industry currently sits up 0.3% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.1%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include United Microelectronics ( UMC), down 2.1%, Micron Technology ( MU), down 0.8% and Agilent Technologies ( A), down 0.7%. Top gainers within the industry include SunPower Corporation ( SPWR), up 13.7%, First Solar ( FSLR), up 4.4%, Semiconductor Manufacturing International C ( SMI), up 3.5%, Advantest ( ATE), up 3.4% and Altera ( ALTR), up 1.1%.

TheStreet Ratings group would like to highlight 4 stocks pushing the industry lower today:

4. Itron ( ITRI) is one of the companies pushing the Electronics industry lower today. As of noon trading, Itron is down $4.17 (-8.7%) to $43.68 on heavy volume Thus far, 650,484 shares of Itron exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 227,800 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $42.02-$44.51 after having opened the day at $42.02 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $47.85.

Itron, Inc. provides metering solutions, meter data management software, and knowledge application solutions to electric, natural gas, and water utilities worldwide. Itron has a market cap of $1.9 billion and is part of the technology sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 49.9, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 7.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 12 analysts that rate Itron a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Itron as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its compelling growth in net income, expanding profit margins, solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full Itron Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, NXP Semiconductor ( NXPI) is down $0.30 (-0.9%) to $32.50 on light volume Thus far, 361,666 shares of NXP Semiconductor exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $32.44-$32.88 after having opened the day at $32.62 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $32.80.

NXP Semiconductors N.V., through its subsidiary, NXP B.V., provides mixed signal solutions and standard products worldwide. NXP Semiconductor has a market cap of $8.2 billion and is part of the technology sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 19.2, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 23.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate NXP Semiconductor a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates NXP Semiconductor as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its generally high debt management risk and disappointing return on equity. Get the full NXP Semiconductor Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, KLA-Tencor Corporation ( KLAC) is down $0.56 (-1.0%) to $55.65 on light volume Thus far, 712,149 shares of KLA-Tencor Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $55.52-$56.18 after having opened the day at $56.01 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $56.21.

KLA-Tencor Corporation designs, manufactures, and markets process control and yield management solutions for the semiconductor and related nanoelectronics industries. KLA-Tencor Corporation has a market cap of $9.4 billion and is part of the technology sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 13.9, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 18.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 10 analysts that rate KLA-Tencor Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates KLA-Tencor Corporation as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, increase in stock price during the past year, expanding profit margins and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat weak growth in earnings per share. Get the full KLA-Tencor Corporation Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Texas Instruments ( TXN) is down $0.24 (-0.7%) to $33.48 on light volume Thus far, 3.1 million shares of Texas Instruments exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 8.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $33.30-$33.69 after having opened the day at $33.49 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $33.72.

Texas Instruments Incorporated engages in the design and sale of semiconductors to electronics designers and manufacturers worldwide. Texas Instruments has a market cap of $37.6 billion and is part of the technology sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 22.2, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 8.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 12 analysts that rate Texas Instruments a buy, 6 analysts rate it a sell, and 16 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Texas Instruments as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its good cash flow from operations, expanding profit margins, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself. Get the full Texas Instruments Ratings Report now.

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If you are interested in one of these 5 stocks, 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).

A reminder about TheStreet Ratings group: TheStreet ratings do not represent the views of TheStreet's staff or its contributors. Ratings are established by computer based on metrics for performance (which includes growth, stock performance, efficiency and valuation) and risk (volatility and solvency). Companies with poor cash flow or high debt levels tend to earn lower ratings in our model.

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