Riverbed Technology Inc. (RVBD): Today's Featured Computer Hardware Winner

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Riverbed Technology ( RVBD) pushed the Computer Hardware industry higher today making it today's featured computer hardware winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 1.2%. By the end of trading, Riverbed Technology rose $0.25 (1.6%) to $16.26 on light volume. Throughout the day, 2,263,123 shares of Riverbed Technology exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3,317,700 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $16.01-$16.35 after having opened the day at $16.06 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $16.01. Other companies within the Computer Hardware industry that increased today were: Hauppauge Digital ( HAUP), up 13.4%, Mad Catz Interactive ( MCZ), up 8.9%, Hutchinson Technology ( HTCH), up 8.6% and Interphase ( INPH), up 6.2%.
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Riverbed Technology, Inc. provides solutions to the fundamental problems associated with information technology (IT) performance across wide area networks (WANs) in the United States and internationally. Riverbed Technology has a market cap of $2.6 billion and is part of the technology sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 66.8, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 18.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 8 analysts that rate Riverbed Technology a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 15 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Riverbed Technology as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, good cash flow from operations and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself, deteriorating net income and disappointing return on equity.

On the negative front, SMART Technologies ( SMT), down 8.3%, Xplore Technologies Corporation Class A ( XPLR), down 5.4%, OCZ Technology Group ( OCZ), down 2.8% and Acorn Energy ( ACFN), down 2.5%.

For investors not wanting singular stock exposure, ETFs may be of interest. Investors who are bullish on the computer hardware industry could consider iShares Dow Jones US Technology ( IYW) while those bearish on the computer hardware industry could consider ProShares Ultra Short Semiconductor ( SSG).

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