Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co Ltd (TSM): Today's Featured Electronics Winner

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Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing ( TSM) 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, Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing rose $0.19 (1.0%) to $19.05 on average volume. Throughout the day, 8,751,882 shares of Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 11,058,700 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $18.99-$19.22 after having opened the day at $19.11 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $18.86. Other companies within the Electronics industry that increased today were: Plug Power ( PLUG), up 33.9%, Hanwha SolarOne ( HSOL), up 22.9%, Vimicro International Corporation ( VIMC), up 17.4% and Trina Solar ( TSL), up 10.1%.
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Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company Limited engages in the computer-aided design, manufacture, packaging, testing, sale, and marketing of integrated circuits and other semiconductor devices. Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing has a market cap of $97.8 billion and is part of the technology sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 18.0, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 9.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 2 analysts that rate Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, notable return on equity, solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth and compelling growth in net income. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results.

On the negative front, Uni-pixel ( UNXL), down 11.9%, On Track Innovations ( OTIV), down 8.5%, Schmitt Industries ( SMIT), down 7.2% and Data I/O Corporation ( DAIO), down 6.3% , were all laggards within the electronics industry with Himax Technologies ( HIMX) being today's electronics industry laggard.

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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