Corning Inc (GLW): Today's Featured Technology Winner

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Corning ( GLW) pushed the Technology sector higher today making it today's featured technology winner. The sector as a whole closed the day up 0.4%. By the end of trading, Corning rose $0.15 (1.0%) to $14.64 on light volume. Throughout the day, 7,190,481 shares of Corning exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 10,157,000 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $14.42-$14.64 after having opened the day at $14.56 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $14.49. Other companies within the Technology sector that increased today were: Zhone Technologies ( ZHNE), up 14.7%, Dynasil Corporation of America ( DYSL), up 14.3%, Oclaro ( OCLR), up 13.0% and FAB Universal ( FU), up 12.1%.

Corning Incorporated produces and sells specialty glasses, ceramics, and related materials worldwide. It operates through five segments: Display Technologies, Telecommunications, Environmental Technologies, Specialty Materials, and Life Sciences. Corning has a market cap of $21.7 billion and is part of the electronics industry. Shares are up 18.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 8 analysts that rate Corning a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Corning 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, expanding profit margins, solid stock price performance and growth in earnings per share. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity.

On the negative front, Crossroads Systems ( CRDS), down 19.5%, DragonWave ( DRWI), down 12.0%, iGo ( IGOI), down 8.0% and Dot Hill Systems Corporation ( HILL), down 6.4% , were all laggards within the technology sector with Qihoo 360 Technology ( QIHU) being today's technology sector laggard.

For investors not wanting singular stock exposure, ETFs may be of interest. Investors who are bullish on the technology sector could consider Technology Select Sector SPDR ( XLK) while those bearish on the technology sector could consider ProShares Ultra Short Technology ( REW).

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