Stratasys Ltd (SSYS): Today's Featured Computer Hardware Winner

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Stratasys ( SSYS) pushed the Computer Hardware industry higher today making it today's featured computer hardware winner. The industry as a whole was unchanged today. By the end of trading, Stratasys rose $2.45 (2.5%) to $99.23 on average volume. Throughout the day, 635,080 shares of Stratasys exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 813,700 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $96.70-$100.00 after having opened the day at $97.60 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $96.78. Other companies within the Computer Hardware industry that increased today were: Dataram Corporation ( DRAM), up 8.3%, Silicom ( SILC), up 5.2%, Globecomm Systems ( GCOM), up 5.1% and Identive Group ( INVE), up 4.3%.

Stratasys Ltd. provides additive manufacturing (AM) solutions for the creation of parts used in the processes of designing and manufacturing products and for the direct manufacture of end parts. Stratasys has a market cap of $3.9 billion and is part of the technology sector. Shares are up 25.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate Stratasys a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Stratasys as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and solid stock price performance. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity and feeble growth in the company's earnings per share.

On the negative front, Radcom ( RDCM), down 5.1%, Video Display Corporation ( VIDE), down 4.1%, Mercury Systems ( MRCY), down 4.0% and Overland Storage ( OVRL), down 3.6% , were all laggards within the computer hardware industry with Western Digital Corporation ( WDC) 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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