Texas Instruments Inc. (TXN): Today's Featured Electronics Laggard

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Texas Instruments ( TXN) pushed the Electronics industry lower today making it today's featured Electronics laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.3%. By the end of trading, Texas Instruments fell $0.59 (-1.5%) to $39.17 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 11,638,514 shares of Texas Instruments exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 7,607,700 shares. The stock ranged in price between $39.04-$39.79 after having opened the day at $39.78 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $39.76. Other companies within the Electronics industry that declined today were: Cree ( CREE), down 22.4%, Netlist ( NLST), down 7.0%, Orion Energy Systems ( OESX), down 6.9% and Viasystems Group ( VIAS), down 5.6%.

Texas Instruments Incorporated engages in the design, manufacture, sale of semiconductors to electronics designers and manufacturers worldwide. The company operates in four segments: Analog, Embedded Processing, Wireless, and Other. Texas Instruments has a market cap of $43.9 billion and is part of the technology sector. Shares are up 28.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 9 analysts that rate Texas Instruments a buy, 4 analysts rate it a sell, and 20 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Texas Instruments as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, compelling growth in net income, notable return on equity, expanding profit margins and good cash flow from operations. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results.

On the positive front, Enphase Energy ( ENPH), up 9.4%, Chipmos Technologies Bermuda ( IMOS), up 8.0%, Advanced Photonix ( API), up 6.5% and Aehr Test Systems ( AEHR), up 5.9% , were all gainers within the electronics industry with ASML ( ASML) being today's featured electronics industry leader.

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