Applied Materials Inc. (AMAT): Today's Featured Electronics Winner

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Applied Materials ( AMAT) pushed the Electronics industry higher today making it today's featured electronics winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.2%. By the end of trading, Applied Materials rose $0.30 (1.9%) to $15.62 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 30,445,046 shares of Applied Materials exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 12,922,200 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $15.04-$16.06 after having opened the day at $15.22 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $15.32. Other companies within the Electronics industry that increased today were: Sequans Communications ( SQNS), up 9.7%, Suntech Power Holdings ( STP), up 8.3%, Alliance Fiber Optic Products ( AFOP), up 8.3% and Canadian Solar ( CSIQ), up 7.8%.

Applied Materials, Inc. provides manufacturing equipment, services, and software to the semiconductor, flat panel display, solar photovoltaic (PV), and related industries worldwide. Applied Materials has a market cap of $18.9 billion and is part of the technology sector. Shares are up 34.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate Applied Materials a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Applied Materials as a hold. 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 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 negative front, Aetrium Incorporated ( ATRM), down 9.5%, Sevcon ( SEV), down 7.7%, Pixelworks ( PXLW), down 7.5% and Applied Micro Circuits Corporation ( AMCC), down 6.3% , were all laggards within the electronics industry with Waters Corporation ( WAT) being today's electronics industry laggard.

For investors not wanting singular stock exposure, ETFs may be of interest. Investors who are bullish on the electronics industry could consider iShares Dow Jones US Technology ( IYW) while those bearish on the electronics industry could consider ProShares Ultra Short Semiconductor ( SSG).

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