Applied Materials Inc. (AMAT): Today's Featured Electronics Laggard

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Applied Materials ( AMAT) pushed the Electronics industry lower today making it today's featured Electronics laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day down 1.2%. By the end of trading, Applied Materials fell 34 cents (-2.5%) to $13.25 on average volume. Throughout the day, 17.3 million shares of Applied Materials exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 12.7 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $13.09-$13.52 after having opened the day at $13.51 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $13.59. Other companies within the Electronics industry that declined today were: Rubicon Technology ( RBCN), down 14.7%, Renewable Energy Trade Board ( EBOD), down 13.7%, Canadian Solar ( CSIQ), down 11.6%, and RF Micro Devices ( RFMD), down 10.8%.
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Applied Materials, Inc. provides manufacturing equipment, services, and software to the semiconductor, flat panel display, solar photovoltaic (PV), and related industries worldwide. Applied Materials has a market cap of $16.66 billion and is part of the technology sector. Shares are up 21.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are five analysts that rate Applied Materials a buy, two analysts rate it a sell, and seven rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Applied Materials as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in stock price during the past year, 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 deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity and weak operating cash flow.

On the positive front, Parkervision ( PRKR), up 73.3%, Superconductor Technologies ( SCON), up 34.7%, Giga-tronics ( GIGA), up 16.8%, and Revolution Lighting Technologies ( RVLT), up 11.1%, were all gainers within the electronics industry with Marvell Technology Group ( MRVL) being today's featured electronics industry leader.

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