Aruba Networks Inc. (ARUN): Today's Featured Computer Hardware Laggard

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Aruba Networks ( ARUN) pushed the Computer Hardware industry lower today making it today's featured Computer Hardware laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.2%. By the end of trading, Aruba Networks fell $0.52 (-2.9%) to $17.39 on light volume. Throughout the day, 2,059,896 shares of Aruba Networks exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4,377,200 shares. The stock ranged in price between $17.32-$18.09 after having opened the day at $18.00 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $17.91. Other companies within the Computer Hardware industry that declined today were: Radcom ( RDCM), down 9.8%, Mad Catz Interactive ( MCZ), down 8.7%, Hutchinson Technology ( HTCH), down 6.8% and Acorn Energy ( ACFN), down 5.1%.

Aruba Networks, Inc. provides network access solutions for the mobile enterprises worldwide. Aruba Networks has a market cap of $2.0 billion and is part of the technology sector. Shares are down 14.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 8 analysts that rate Aruba Networks a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 14 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Aruba Networks as a hold. 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 and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity and weak operating cash flow.

On the positive front, Identive Group ( INVE), up 7.6%, SMART Technologies ( SMT), up 6.2%, Overland Storage ( OVRL), up 5.7% and Interphase ( INPH), up 5.7% , were all gainers within the computer hardware industry with Apple ( AAPL) being today's featured computer hardware industry leader.

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