Agilent Technologies Inc (A): Today's Featured Electronics Winner

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Agilent Technologies ( A) pushed the Electronics industry higher today making it today's featured electronics winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 2.6%. By the end of trading, Agilent Technologies rose $0.78 (1.7%) to $46.34 on average volume. Throughout the day, 5,633,870 shares of Agilent Technologies exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3,770,500 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $45.39-$47.45 after having opened the day at $45.48 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $45.56. Other companies within the Electronics industry that increased today were: Meade Instruments Corporation ( MEAD), up 104.2%, JA Solar Holdings Co. ADR ( JASO), up 70.4%, China Sunergy ( CSUN), up 50.0% and Ascent Solar Technologies ( ASTI), up 34.5%.
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Agilent Technologies, Inc. provides bio-analytical and electronic measurement solutions and services to the life sciences, chemical analysis, diagnostics and genomics, communications, and electronics industries worldwide. Agilent Technologies has a market cap of $15.6 billion and is part of the health care sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 14.1, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 11.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 14 analysts that rate Agilent Technologies a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Agilent Technologies 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, reasonable valuation levels, expanding profit margins, increase in stock price during the past year and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

On the negative front, IEC Electronics Corporation ( IEC), down 13.8%, Sevcon ( SEV), down 13.4%, Raven Industries ( RAVN), down 7.5% and Eltek ( ELTK), down 7.1% , were all laggards within the electronics industry with Cree ( CREE) being today's electronics industry laggard.

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