First Solar Inc. (FSLR): Today's Featured Electronics Laggard

First Solar ( FSLR) pushed the Electronics industry lower today making it today's featured Electronics laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.5%. By the end of trading, First Solar fell $1.14 (-2.5%) to $44.92 on light volume. Throughout the day, 4,020,296 shares of First Solar exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 8,329,600 shares. The stock ranged in price between $44.75-$46.55 after having opened the day at $46.20 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $46.06. Other companies within the Electronics industry that declined today were: Ixia ( XXIA), down 19.4%, Canadian Solar ( CSIQ), down 12.7%, Luna Innovations ( LUNA), down 9.3% and Dynasil Corporation of America ( DYSL), down 7.3%.

First Solar, Inc. provides solar energy solutions. It operates in two segments, Components and Systems. The Components segment engages in the design, manufacture, and sale of solar modules that convert sunlight into electricity. First Solar has a market cap of $4.5 billion and is part of the technology sector. Shares are up 50.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate First Solar a buy, 4 analysts rate it a sell, and 12 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates First Solar as a hold. 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 and solid stock price performance. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the company's profit margins have been poor overall.

On the positive front, BTU International ( BTUI), up 16.1%, Aehr Test Systems ( AEHR), up 13.4%, Advanced Photonix ( API), up 10.4% and Freescale Semiconductor ( FSL), up 8.6% , were all gainers within the electronics industry with Emerson Electric ( EMR) 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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