Hewlett-Packard Co (HPQ): Today's Featured Computer Hardware Winner

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Hewlett-Packard ( HPQ) pushed the Computer Hardware industry higher today making it today's featured computer hardware winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.1%. By the end of trading, Hewlett-Packard rose 37 cents (1.9%) to $20.14 on average volume. Throughout the day, 26.7 million shares of Hewlett-Packard exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 28.9 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $19.66-$20.26 after having opened the day at $19.68 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $19.77. Other companies within the Computer Hardware industry that increased today were: Universal Display Corporation ( PANL), up 12.5%, Mad Catz Interactive ( MCZ), up 11%, SMART Technologies ( SMT), up 7.1%, and Palo Alto Networks ( PANW), up 5.5%.
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Hewlett-Packard Company and its subsidiaries provide products, technologies, software, solutions, and services to individual consumers, small-and medium-sized businesses (SMBs), and large enterprises, including customers in the government, health, and education sectors worldwide. Hewlett-Packard has a market cap of $38.64 billion and is part of the technology sector. Shares are up 38.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there is one analyst that rates Hewlett-Packard a buy, six analysts rate it a sell, and 17 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Hewlett-Packard as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its deteriorating net income, generally high debt management risk, disappointing return on equity, poor profit margins and generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself.

On the negative front, iGo ( IGOI), down 8.7%, Overland Storage ( OVRL), down 4.5%, Quantum Corporation ( QTM), down 3.8%, and STEC ( STEC), down 3.8%, were all laggards within the computer hardware industry with NetApp ( NTAP) being today's computer hardware industry laggard.

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

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