Lam Research Corporation (LRCX): Today's Featured Electronics Laggard

Lam Research Corporation ( LRCX) pushed the Electronics industry lower today making it today's featured Electronics laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.6%. By the end of trading, Lam Research Corporation fell $0.53 (-1.2%) to $44.64 on average volume. Throughout the day, 2,520,779 shares of Lam Research Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2,086,700 shares. The stock ranged in price between $44.16-$45.87 after having opened the day at $45.78 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $45.17. Other companies within the Electronics industry that declined today were: Vimicro International Corporation ( VIMC), down 9.4%, Digital Power Corporation ( DPW), down 7.3%, Plug Power ( PLUG), down 6.5% and Rubicon Technology ( RBCN), down 5.1%.

Lam Research Corporation designs, manufactures, markets, refurbishes, and services semiconductor processing equipments used in the fabrication of integrated circuits. Lam Research Corporation has a market cap of $7.1 billion and is part of the technology sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 161.1, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 20.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 11 analysts that rate Lam Research Corporation a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Lam Research Corporation 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, expanding profit margins and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

On the positive front, Canadian Solar ( CSIQ), up 13.1%, Orion Energy Systems ( OESX), up 12.4%, Himax Technologies ( HIMX), up 11.2% and Affymetrix ( AFFX), up 9.4% , were all gainers within the electronics industry with SunPower Corporation ( SPWR) being today's featured electronics industry leader.

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