Western Digital Corporation (WDC): Today's Featured Computer Hardware Laggard

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Western Digital Corporation ( WDC) 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, Western Digital Corporation fell $1.87 (-2.8%) to $65.43 on average volume. Throughout the day, 2,764,169 shares of Western Digital Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2,269,200 shares. The stock ranged in price between $65.26-$67.63 after having opened the day at $67.61 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $67.30. Other companies within the Computer Hardware industry that declined today were: Hauppauge Digital ( HAUP), down 5.3%, Dataram Corporation ( DRAM), down 3.0%, Interphase ( INPH), down 2.9% and Crossroads Systems ( CRDS), down 2.9%.

Western Digital Corporation, through its subsidiaries, engages in the development, manufacture, and sale of storage products and solutions that enable people to create, manage, experience and preserve digital content. Western Digital Corporation has a market cap of $15.7 billion and is part of the technology sector. Shares are up 58.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate Western Digital Corporation a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Western Digital Corporation 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, attractive valuation levels and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

On the positive front, Transact Technologies ( TACT), up 6.3%, OCZ Technology Group ( OCZ), up 4.2%, Hutchinson Technology ( HTCH), up 3.7% and Mercury Systems ( MRCY), up 3.4% , were all gainers within the computer hardware industry with EMC Corporation ( EMC) being today's featured computer hardware industry leader.

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