ABB Ltd. (ABB): Today's Featured Technology Laggard

ABB ( ABB) pushed the Technology sector lower today making it today's featured Technology laggard. The sector as a whole closed the day down 0.2%. By the end of trading, ABB fell $0.40 (-1.8%) to $21.46 on average volume. Throughout the day, 1,555,012 shares of ABB exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,984,700 shares. The stock ranged in price between $21.31-$21.64 after having opened the day at $21.46 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $21.86. Other companies within the Technology sector that declined today were: Plug Power ( PLUG), down 16.6%, WebMD Health Corporation ( WBMD), down 10.8%, Local ( LOCM), down 9.1% and AMSC ( AMSC), down 8.7%.

ABB Ltd provides power and automation technologies for utility and industrial customers worldwide. ABB has a market cap of $49.7 billion and is part of the electronics industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 18.4, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 5.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate ABB a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

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

On the positive front, Envivio ( ENVI), up 14.9%, MER Telemanagement Solutions ( MTSL), up 14.2%, Clearfield ( CLFD), up 13.1% and Mediabistro ( MBIS), up 11.7% , were all gainers within the technology sector with Electronic Arts ( EA) being today's featured technology sector leader.

For investors not wanting singular stock exposure, ETFs may be of interest. Investors who are bullish on the technology sector could consider Technology Select Sector SPDR ( XLK) while those bearish on the technology sector could consider ProShares Ultra Short Technology ( REW).

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