International Business Machines Corp (IBM): Today's Featured Computer Hardware Winner

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International Business Machines ( IBM) pushed the Computer Hardware industry higher today making it today's featured computer hardware winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 1.0%. By the end of trading, International Business Machines rose $1.95 (1.1%) to $184.98 on average volume. Throughout the day, 2,862,349 shares of International Business Machines exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3,752,000 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $183.31-$185.49 after having opened the day at $183.68 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $183.03. Other companies within the Computer Hardware industry that increased today were: OCZ Technology Group ( OCZ), up 7.1%, Performance Technologies ( PTIX), up 5.2%, Digi International ( DGII), up 4.7% and Palo Alto Networks ( PANW), up 4.5%.

International Business Machines Corporation provides information technology (IT) products and services worldwide. The company operates in five segments: Global Technology Services, Global Business Services, Software, Systems and Technology, and Global Financing. International Business Machines has a market cap of $201.7 billion and is part of the technology sector. Shares are down 4.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 10 analysts that rate International Business Machines a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 11 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates International Business Machines as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its notable return on equity and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

On the negative front, Silver Spring Networks ( SSNI), down 8.5%, Radcom ( RDCM), down 3.7%, Video Display Corporation ( VIDE), down 2.5% and Mad Catz Interactive ( MCZ), down 2.4%.

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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