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

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ASML ( ASML) pushed the Electronics industry higher today making it today's featured electronics winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.1%. By the end of trading, ASML rose $1.83 (1.9%) to $97.47 on average volume. Throughout the day, 834,540 shares of ASML exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 930,100 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $96.77-$97.86 after having opened the day at $96.95 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $95.64. Other companies within the Electronics industry that increased today were: Daqo New Energy ( DQ), up 26.9%, Data I/O Corporation ( DAIO), up 18.7%, Kopin Corporation ( KOPN), up 7.4% and Himax Technologies ( HIMX), up 7.2%.

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 $41.2 billion and is part of the technology sector. Shares are up 44.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. 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, Dynasil Corporation of America ( DYSL), down 14.3%, Peregrine Semiconductor ( PSMI), down 11.0%, Trio-Tech International ( TRT), down 9.4% and Digital Power Corporation ( DPW), down 9.3% , were all laggards within the electronics industry with Corning ( GLW) being today's electronics industry laggard.

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