SanDisk Corp (SNDK): Today's Featured Computer Hardware Laggard

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SanDisk ( SNDK) pushed the Computer Hardware industry lower today making it today's featured Computer Hardware laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.9%. By the end of trading, SanDisk fell $0.61 (-1.1%) to $55.20 on average volume. Throughout the day, 5,590,678 shares of SanDisk exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4,676,500 shares. The stock ranged in price between $54.36-$55.47 after having opened the day at $55.29 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $55.81. Other companies within the Computer Hardware industry that declined today were: Acorn Energy ( ACFN), down 9.2%, Astro-Med ( ALOT), down 6.0%, Dot Hill Systems Corporation ( HILL), down 5.7% and Hauppauge Digital ( HAUP), down 5.6%.

Sandisk Corporation designs, develops, manufactures, and markets flash storage card products that are used in various consumer electronics products. SanDisk has a market cap of $13.4 billion and is part of the technology sector. Shares are up 28.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 15 analysts that rate SanDisk a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates SanDisk as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, increase in net income, good cash flow from operations and expanding profit margins. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results.

On the positive front, Identive Group ( INVE), up 8.8%, Stratasys ( SSYS), up 6.0%, XRS ( XRSC), up 4.6% and Key Tronic Corporation ( KTCC), up 3.5% , were all gainers within the computer hardware industry with Apple ( AAPL) being today's featured computer hardware industry leader.

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