International Business Machines Corp (IBM): Today's Featured Computer Hardware Laggard

International Business Machines ( IBM) pushed the Computer Hardware industry lower today making it today's featured Computer Hardware laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.9%. By the end of trading, International Business Machines fell $4.54 (-2.3%) to $191.11 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 9,483,144 shares of International Business Machines exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4,291,000 shares. The stock ranged in price between $188.41-$192.66 after having opened the day at $191.73 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $195.65. Other companies within the Computer Hardware industry that declined today were: Interphase ( INPH), down 18.1%, Identive Group ( INVE), down 16.7%, Overland Storage ( OVRL), down 5.8% and Palo Alto Networks ( PANW), down 5.0%.

International Business Machines Corporation provides information technology (IT) products and services worldwide. The company operates in five segments: Global Technology Services, Global Business Services, Software, Systems and Technology, and Global Financing. International Business Machines has a market cap of $216.1 billion and is part of the technology sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 14.1, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 2.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 10 analysts that rate International Business Machines a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 11 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates International Business Machines as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its notable return on equity, growth in earnings per share and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated.

On the positive front, Logitech International S.A ( LOGI), up 4.4%, Omnicell ( OMCL), up 3.5%, Rimage Corporation ( RIMG), up 2.0% and Hauppauge Digital ( HAUP), up 1.9% , were all gainers within the computer hardware industry with Juniper Networks ( JNPR) being today's featured computer hardware industry leader.

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