Dell Inc (DELL): Today's Featured Computer Hardware Laggard

Dell ( DELL) pushed the Computer Hardware industry lower today making it today's featured Computer Hardware laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day up 1.2%. By the end of trading, Dell fell $0.17 (-1.3%) to $13.15 on average volume. Throughout the day, 18,308,977 shares of Dell exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 21,834,400 shares. The stock ranged in price between $13.14-$13.30 after having opened the day at $13.29 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $13.32. Other companies within the Computer Hardware industry that declined today were: OCZ Technology Group ( OCZ), down 5.5%, Hauppauge Digital ( HAUP), down 4.9%, Gigamon ( GIMO), down 4.1% and Identive Group ( INVE), down 2.6%.

Dell Inc., an information technology company, provides a range of technology solutions worldwide. Dell has a market cap of $23.4 billion and is part of the technology sector. Shares are up 31.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are no analysts that rate Dell a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 20 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Dell as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its reasonable valuation levels, good cash flow from operations and increase in stock price during the past year. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including feeble growth in the company's earnings per share, deteriorating net income and poor profit margins.

On the positive front, Dataram Corporation ( DRAM), up 11.7%, Radcom ( RDCM), up 10.7%, Interphase ( INPH), up 7.9% and Hutchinson Technology ( HTCH), up 7.0% , were all gainers within the computer hardware industry with Teradata Corporation ( TDC) being today's featured computer hardware industry leader.

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

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