Corning Inc (GLW): Today's Featured Electronics Winner

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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 down 0.4%. By the end of trading, Corning rose $0.18 (1.2%) to $15.06 on average volume. Throughout the day, 14,590,303 shares of Corning exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 13,230,900 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $14.83-$15.25 after having opened the day at $14.83 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $14.88. Other companies within the Electronics industry that increased today were: Suntech Power Holdings ( STP), up 10.4%, SolarCity ( SCTY), up 9.6%, Audience ( ADNC), up 8.3% and Amtech Systems ( ASYS), up 6.9%.
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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 $21.9 billion and is part of the technology sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 12.7, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 17.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 9 analysts that rate Corning a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Corning 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, attractive valuation levels, expanding profit margins, growth in earnings per share and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity.

On the negative front, Renewable Energy Trade Board ( EBOD), down 38.7%, Kemet Corporation ( KEM), down 26.2%, Nortech Systems Incorporated ( NSYS), down 20.0% and Orbit International ( ORBT), down 12.4% , were all laggards within the electronics industry with Garmin ( GRMN) being today's electronics industry laggard.

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