Broadcom Corporation (BRCM): Today's Highlighted Performer In Electronics

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Broadcom Corporation ( BRCM) pushed the Electronics industry higher today making it today's featured electronics winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.8%. By the end of trading, Broadcom Corporation rose 48 cents (1.4%) to $33.56 on light volume. Throughout the day, 5.4 million shares of Broadcom Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 7.3 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $32.82-$33.59 after having opened the day at $33.15 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $33.08. Other companies within the Electronics industry that increased today were: Suntech Power Holdings ( STP), up 15.6%, Rubicon Technology ( RBCN), up 13.3%, Advanced Micro Devices ( AMD), up 13.1%, and Canadian Solar ( CSIQ), up 9.5%.
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Broadcom Corporation provides semiconductor solutions for wired and wireless communications. Its products offer voice, video, data, and multimedia connectivity in the home, office, and mobile environments. Broadcom Corporation has a market cap of $17.39 billion and is part of the technology sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 26.7, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 0.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 30 analysts that rate Broadcom Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and four rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Broadcom 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, good cash flow from operations and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself.

On the negative front, Vimicro International Corporation ( VIMC), down 9.9%, Daystar Technologies ( DSTI), down 7%, Meade Instruments Corporation ( MEAD), down 6%, and M/A-COM Technology Solutions Holdings ( MTSI), down 5.9%, were all laggards within the electronics industry with Jabil Circuit ( JBL) being today's electronics industry laggard.

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