Corning Inc (GLW): Today's Highlighted Electronics Leader

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Corning ( GLW) pushed the Electronics industry higher today making it today's featured electronics winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.4%. By the end of trading, Corning rose 18 cents (1.4%) to $13.33 on average volume. Throughout the day, 11.5 million shares of Corning exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 15.2 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $13.13-$13.35 after having opened the day at $13.18 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $13.15. Other companies within the Electronics industry that increased today were: Himax Technologies ( HIMX), up 18.3%, Netlist ( NLST), up 16.4%, Orion Energy Systems ( OESX), up 15.3%, and GT Advanced Technologies ( GTAT), up 10%.
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Corning Incorporated produces and sells specialty glasses, ceramics, and related materials worldwide. It operates through five segments: Display Technologies, Telecommunications, Environmental Technologies, Specialty Materials, and Life Sciences. Corning has a market cap of $19.31 billion and is part of the technology sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 11.4, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 4.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are nine analysts that rate Corning a buy, two analysts rate it a sell, and six rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Corning 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, attractive valuation levels, good cash flow from operations and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

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