NetApp Inc. (NTAP): Today's Featured Computer Hardware Winner

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NetApp ( NTAP) pushed the Computer Hardware industry higher today making it today's featured computer hardware winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.4%. By the end of trading, NetApp rose $0.45 (1.1%) to $40.52 on light volume. Throughout the day, 5,989,446 shares of NetApp exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 8,068,600 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $40.00-$40.72 after having opened the day at $40.08 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $40.07. Other companies within the Computer Hardware industry that increased today were: Extreme Networks ( EXTR), up 5.6%, China TechFaith Wireless Comm Tech ( CNTF), up 5.0%, Quantum Corporation ( QTM), up 4.9% and Identive Group ( INVE), up 4.8%.

NetApp, Inc. engages in design, manufacture, and marketing of networked storage solutions. The company supplies enterprise storage and data management software and hardware products and services. NetApp has a market cap of $14.5 billion and is part of the technology sector. Shares are up 19.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 11 analysts that rate NetApp a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 13 rate it a hold.

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

On the negative front, Dataram Corporation ( DRAM), down 5.1%, Radcom ( RDCM), down 3.4%, Silver Spring Networks ( SSNI), down 3.4% and Dot Hill Systems Corporation ( HILL), down 2.8% , were all laggards within the computer hardware industry with Lexmark International ( LXK) being today's computer hardware industry laggard.

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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