Seagate Technology PLC (STX): Today's Featured Computer Hardware Laggard

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Seagate Technology ( STX) pushed the Computer Hardware industry lower today making it today's featured Computer Hardware laggard. The industry as a whole was unchanged today. By the end of trading, Seagate Technology fell 54 cents (-1.5%) to $35.35 on average volume. Throughout the day, 8.8 million shares of Seagate Technology exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 7.3 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $34.80-$35.82 after having opened the day at $35.70 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $35.89. Other companies within the Computer Hardware industry that declined today were: STEC ( STEC), down 7.7%, XRS ( XRSC), down 6.8%, Dot Hill Systems Corporation ( HILL), down 6%, and Stratasys ( SSYS), down 5%.
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Seagate Technology Public Limited Company designs, manufactures, markets, and sells hard disk drives for enterprise storage, client compute, and client non-compute market applications worldwide. Seagate Technology has a market cap of $12.67 billion and is part of the technology sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 4.6, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 18% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are three analysts that rate Seagate Technology a buy, three analysts rate it a sell, and 14 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Seagate Technology as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, revenue growth, notable return on equity, good cash flow from operations and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

On the positive front, Crossroads Systems ( CRDS), up 8.4%, Quantum Corporation ( QTM), up 8.3%, Radcom ( RDCM), up 7.2%, and Xplore Technologies Corporation Class A ( XPLR), up 7.1%, were all gainers within the computer hardware industry with Apple ( AAPL) being today's featured computer hardware industry leader.

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