Seagate Technology PLC (STX): Today's Featured Computer Hardware Laggard

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Seagate Technology ( STX) pushed the Computer Hardware industry lower today making it today's featured Computer Hardware laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.2%. By the end of trading, Seagate Technology fell $0.69 (-1.6%) to $41.10 on average volume. Throughout the day, 3,622,458 shares of Seagate Technology exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4,482,300 shares. The stock ranged in price between $40.76-$41.66 after having opened the day at $41.66 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $41.79. Other companies within the Computer Hardware industry that declined today were: Acorn Energy ( ACFN), down 4.9%, Dot Hill Systems Corporation ( HILL), down 4.7%, Immersion Corporation ( IMMR), down 4.6% and Crossroads Systems ( CRDS), down 3.8%.

Seagate Technology Public Limited Company designs, manufactures, markets, and sells hard disk drives for enterprise storage, client compute, and client non-compute market applications worldwide. Seagate Technology has a market cap of $14.7 billion and is part of the technology sector. Shares are up 34.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate Seagate Technology a buy, 3 analysts rate it a sell, and 14 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Seagate Technology as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures 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, Silver Spring Networks ( SSNI), up 16.5%, China TechFaith Wireless Comm Tech ( CNTF), up 14.6%, Omnicell ( OMCL), up 6.3% and Dell ( DELL), up 5.6% , were all gainers within the computer hardware industry with Apple ( AAPL) being today's featured computer hardware industry leader.

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