Broadcom Corporation (BRCM): Today's Featured Electronics Laggard

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Broadcom Corporation ( BRCM) pushed the Electronics industry lower today making it today's featured Electronics laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.1%. By the end of trading, Broadcom Corporation fell $0.53 (-2.0%) to $25.84 on average volume. Throughout the day, 9,291,812 shares of Broadcom Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 11,171,800 shares. The stock ranged in price between $25.61-$26.25 after having opened the day at $26.09 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $26.37. Other companies within the Electronics industry that declined today were: Rubicon Technology ( RBCN), down 5.4%, Orion Energy Systems ( OESX), down 5.2%, Aetrium Incorporated ( ATRM), down 5.1% and Luna Innovations ( LUNA), down 5.0%.

Broadcom Corporation provides semiconductor solutions for wired and wireless communications. Its products offer voice, video, data, and multimedia connectivity in the home, office, and mobile environments. Broadcom Corporation has a market cap of $14.1 billion and is part of the technology sector. Shares are down 19.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 25 analysts that rate Broadcom Corporation a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 10 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Broadcom Corporation as a hold. 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 and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself, deteriorating net income and disappointing return on equity.

On the positive front, China Sunergy ( CSUN), up 29.1%, Aehr Test Systems ( AEHR), up 18.3%, Trina Solar ( TSL), up 15.5% and RDA Microelectronics ( RDA), up 12.0% , were all gainers within the electronics industry with SunPower Corporation ( SPWR) being today's featured electronics industry leader.

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