Amphenol Corp (APH): Today's Featured Electronics Laggard

Amphenol ( APH) pushed the Electronics industry lower today making it today's featured Electronics laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.3%. By the end of trading, Amphenol fell $1.48 (-1.9%) to $77.94 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 1,247,746 shares of Amphenol exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 626,400 shares. The stock ranged in price between $77.94-$79.39 after having opened the day at $79.31 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $79.42. Other companies within the Electronics industry that declined today were: TranSwitch Corporation ( TXCC), down 12.2%, Luna Innovations ( LUNA), down 7.4%, Netlist ( NLST), down 6.4% and LRAD ( LRAD), down 5.8%.

Amphenol Corporation provides electrical, electronic, and fiber optic connectors; interconnect systems; and coaxial and specialty cables worldwide. Amphenol has a market cap of $12.4 billion and is part of the technology sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 21.8, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 22.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate Amphenol a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Amphenol as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, growth in earnings per share, good cash flow from operations and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins.

On the positive front, SatCon Technology Corporation ( SATC), up 53.1%, AMSC ( AMSC), up 12.8%, China Sunergy ( CSUN), up 11.6% and ClearSign Combustion ( CLIR), up 10.4% , were all gainers within the electronics industry with Cree ( CREE) being today's featured electronics industry leader.

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

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