Texas Instruments Inc. (TXN): Today's Featured Technology Winner

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Texas Instruments ( TXN) pushed the Technology sector higher today making it today's featured technology winner. The sector as a whole closed the day up 0.9%. By the end of trading, Texas Instruments rose $0.51 (1.4%) to $36.18 on light volume. Throughout the day, 5,790,442 shares of Texas Instruments exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 9,371,400 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $35.66-$36.25 after having opened the day at $35.98 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $35.67. Other companies within the Technology sector that increased today were: Advanced Photonix ( API), up 29.6%, Oclaro ( OCLR), up 14.6%, 21Vianet Group ( VNET), up 10.8% and The9 ( NCTY), up 10.3%.
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Texas Instruments Incorporated engages in the design, manufacture, sale of semiconductors to electronics designers and manufacturers worldwide. The company operates in four segments: Analog, Embedded Processing, Wireless, and Other. Texas Instruments has a market cap of $39.8 billion and is part of the electronics industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 22.8, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 16.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 9 analysts that rate Texas Instruments a buy, 5 analysts rate it a sell, and 18 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Texas Instruments as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in stock price during the past year, increase in net income, notable return on equity, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and growth in earnings per share. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow.

On the negative front, Iron Mountain ( IRM), down 15.8%, Digital Power Corporation ( DPW), down 11.1%, Intelligent Systems ( INS), down 9.8% and Trio-Tech International ( TRT), down 9.6% , were all laggards within the technology sector with Synaptics ( SYNA) being today's technology sector laggard.

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