ASML Holding NV (ASML): Today's Featured Electronics Winner

Editor's Note: Any reference to TheStreet Ratings and its underlying recommendation does not reflect the opinion of TheStreet, Inc. or any of its contributors including Jim Cramer or Stephanie Link.

ASML ( ASML) pushed the Electronics industry higher today making it today's featured electronics winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.6%. By the end of trading, ASML rose $3.24 (3.6%) to $92.67 on average volume. Throughout the day, 1,221,450 shares of ASML exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 946,800 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $91.59-$94.01 after having opened the day at $91.88 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $89.43. Other companies within the Electronics industry that increased today were: Oclaro ( OCLR), up 37.7%, Tel Instrument Electronics Corporation ( TIK), up 7.2%, Pulse Electronics ( PULS), up 6.7% and STMicroelectronics ( STM), up 5.8%.

ASML Holding NV engages in designing, manufacturing, marketing, and servicing semiconductor processing equipment used in the fabrication of integrated circuits or chips worldwide. ASML has a market cap of $40.1 billion and is part of the technology sector. Shares are up 40.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 8 analysts that rate ASML a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates ASML 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, good cash flow from operations, solid stock price performance and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat weak growth in earnings per share.

On the negative front, EZChip Semiconductor ( EZCH), down 20.8%, II-VI ( IIVI), down 7.8%, ClearSign Combustion ( CLIR), down 7.1% and Perceptron ( PRCP), down 6.6% , were all laggards within the electronics industry with Micron Technology ( MU) 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).

3x UPSIDE POTENTIAL: TheStreet Quant Ratings has identified a handful of stocks that can potentially TRIPLE in the next 12-months. Learn more.

null

More from Markets

Italian Bonds Slump as Government Mulls Anti-Euro Finance Minister

Italian Bonds Slump as Government Mulls Anti-Euro Finance Minister

Global Stocks Hold Gains as North Korea Response on Talks Soothes Nerves

Global Stocks Hold Gains as North Korea Response on Talks Soothes Nerves

One Thing to Consider Over Memorial Day Weekend: Are Stocks About to Collapse?

One Thing to Consider Over Memorial Day Weekend: Are Stocks About to Collapse?

North Korea, Apple, GPDR and Gap - 5 Things You Must Know

North Korea, Apple, GPDR and Gap - 5 Things You Must Know

Inside Carnival's Mind Blowing New Horizon Cruise Ship (Video)

Inside Carnival's Mind Blowing New Horizon Cruise Ship (Video)