Cree Inc. (CREE): Today's Featured Electronics Winner

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Cree ( CREE) pushed the Electronics industry higher today making it today's featured electronics winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.1%. By the end of trading, Cree rose $1.46 (2.4%) to $62.12 on average volume. Throughout the day, 2,281,055 shares of Cree exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2,481,300 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $60.09-$62.96 after having opened the day at $60.10 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $60.66. Other companies within the Electronics industry that increased today were: Renewable Energy Trade Board ( EBOD), up 80.0%, Revolution Lighting Technologies ( RVLT), up 16.5%, TranSwitch Corporation ( TXCC), up 13.3% and Altair Nanotechnologies ( ALTI), up 11.0%.
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Cree, Inc. develops and manufactures lighting-class light emitting diode (LED) products, lighting products, and semiconductor products for power and radio-frequency (RF) applications. Cree has a market cap of $7.0 billion and is part of the technology sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 100.1, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 73.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 9 analysts that rate Cree a buy, 4 analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Cree as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, compelling growth in net income, expanding profit margins and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow.

On the negative front, Trina Solar ( TSL), down 11.1%, Vimicro International Corporation ( VIMC), down 8.6%, Uni-pixel ( UNXL), down 7.9% and Digital Power Corporation ( DPW), down 7.5% , were all laggards within the electronics industry with Lam Research Corporation ( LRCX) being today's electronics industry laggard.

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