KLA-Tencor Corporation (KLAC): Today's Featured Electronics Laggard

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KLA-Tencor Corporation ( KLAC) pushed the Electronics industry lower today making it today's featured Electronics laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.2%. By the end of trading, KLA-Tencor Corporation fell $1.02 (-1.7%) to $57.76 on average volume. Throughout the day, 2,564,515 shares of KLA-Tencor Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,886,200 shares. The stock ranged in price between $57.59-$58.68 after having opened the day at $58.66 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $58.78. Other companies within the Electronics industry that declined today were: Dynasil Corporation of America ( DYSL), down 8.1%, IXYS Corporation ( IXYS), down 7.5%, Tower Semiconductor ( TSEM), down 6.3% and Viasystems Group ( VIAS), down 5.5%.

KLA-Tencor Corporation designs, manufactures, and markets process control and yield management solutions for the semiconductor and related nanoelectronics industries. KLA-Tencor Corporation has a market cap of $9.9 billion and is part of the technology sector. Shares are up 25.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate KLA-Tencor Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates KLA-Tencor Corporation as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, reasonable valuation levels, increase in stock price during the past year, expanding profit margins and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

On the positive front, SatCon Technology Corporation ( SATC), up 60.0%, Orion Energy Systems ( OESX), up 14.2%, Sequans Communications ( SQNS), up 14.0% and TranSwitch Corporation ( TXCC), up 9.3% , were all gainers within the electronics industry with Marvell Technology Group ( MRVL) being today's featured electronics industry leader.

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