Intel Corp (INTC): Today's Featured Electronics Winner

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Intel ( INTC) pushed the Electronics industry higher today making it today's featured electronics winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.4%. By the end of trading, Intel rose $0.81 (3.6%) to $23.44 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 60,245,844 shares of Intel exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 38,243,700 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $23.04-$23.46 after having opened the day at $23.05 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $22.63. Other companies within the Electronics industry that increased today were: Dynasil Corporation of America ( DYSL), up 14.3%, Oclaro ( OCLR), up 13.0%, Sequans Communications ( SQNS), up 11.4% and Sigmatron International ( SGMA), up 11.3%.

Intel Corporation designs, manufactures, and sells integrated digital technology platforms worldwide. The company operates through PC Client Group, Data Center Group, Other Intel Architecture, Software and Services, and All Other segments. Intel has a market cap of $113.6 billion and is part of the technology sector. Shares are up 10.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 10 analysts that rate Intel a buy, 5 analysts rate it a sell, and 17 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Intel as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, reasonable valuation levels, expanding profit margins and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat weak growth in earnings per share.

On the negative front, Aehr Test Systems ( AEHR), down 5.5%, Alliance Fiber Optic Products ( AFOP), down 5.1%, SolarCity ( SCTY), down 4.4% and MoSys ( MOSY), down 4.3% , were all laggards within the electronics industry with Lam Research Corporation ( LRCX) 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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