ASML Holding NV (ASML): Today's Featured Electronics Winner

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ASML ( ASML) pushed the Electronics industry higher today making it today's featured electronics winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 1.5%. By the end of trading, ASML rose $1.60 (2.1%) to $77.50 on average volume. Throughout the day, 1,804,135 shares of ASML exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,712,200 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $76.93-$77.86 after having opened the day at $76.98 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $75.90. Other companies within the Electronics industry that increased today were: InvenSense ( INVN), up 19.7%, TTM Technologies ( TTMI), up 15.4%, Geospace Technologies ( GEOS), up 13.0% and CGG ( CGG), up 12.5%.
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ASML Holding NV engages in designing, manufacturing, marketing, and servicing semiconductor processing equipment used in the fabrication of integrated circuits or chips worldwide. ASML has a market cap of $30.1 billion and is part of the technology sector. Shares are up 15.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 9 analysts that rate ASML a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates ASML as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, solid stock price performance, expanding profit margins and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat weak growth in earnings per share.

On the negative front, Audience ( ADNC), down 11.2%, Yingli Green Energy Holding Company ( YGE), down 9.9%, Rudolph Technologies ( RTEC), down 7.4% and QLogic Corporation ( QLGC), down 7.4%.

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

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