EMC Corporation (EMC): Today's Featured Computer Hardware Laggard

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EMC Corporation ( EMC) pushed the Computer Hardware industry lower today making it today's featured Computer Hardware laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.6%. By the end of trading, EMC Corporation fell $0.51 (-2.0%) to $25.56 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 22,670,054 shares of EMC Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 14,876,900 shares. The stock ranged in price between $25.50-$25.85 after having opened the day at $25.85 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $26.07. Other companies within the Computer Hardware industry that declined today were: Astro-Med ( ALOT), down 7.0%, Dataram Corporation ( DRAM), down 6.7%, Hauppauge Digital ( HAUP), down 6.4% and Video Display Corporation ( VIDE), down 5.7%.

EMC Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, develops, delivers, and supports information infrastructure and virtual infrastructure technologies, solutions, and services. EMC Corporation has a market cap of $53.9 billion and is part of the technology sector. Shares are up 2.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 26 analysts that rate EMC Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates EMC Corporation as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, growth in earnings per share, increase in net income, expanding profit margins and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself.

On the positive front, Echelon Corporation ( ELON), up 7.7%, Silicom ( SILC), up 5.9%, Ruckus Wireless ( RKUS), up 2.9% and Cray ( CRAY), up 2.5% , were all gainers within the computer hardware industry with Synaptics ( SYNA) being today's featured computer hardware industry leader.

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