Agilent Technologies Inc (A): Today's Featured Electronics Laggard

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Agilent Technologies ( A) pushed the Electronics industry lower today making it today's featured Electronics laggard. The industry as a whole was unchanged today. By the end of trading, Agilent Technologies fell $0.65 (-1.3%) to $51.13 on light volume. Throughout the day, 1,369,000 shares of Agilent Technologies exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2,630,600 shares. The stock ranged in price between $51.07-$51.59 after having opened the day at $51.34 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $51.78. Other companies within the Electronics industry that declined today were: Aehr Test Systems ( AEHR), down 18.6%, Daqo New Energy ( DQ), down 7.9%, Trio-Tech International ( TRT), down 7.0% and NeoPhotonics ( NPTN), down 5.5%.

Agilent Technologies, Inc. provides bio-analytical and electronic measurement solutions and services to the life sciences, chemical analysis, diagnostics and genomics, communications, and electronics industries worldwide. Agilent Technologies has a market cap of $17.1 billion and is part of the health care sector. Shares are up 26.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 14 analysts that rate Agilent Technologies a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Agilent Technologies as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, expanding profit margins, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

On the positive front, CSR ( CSRE), up 191.3%, China Sunergy ( CSUN), up 20.6%, Altair Nanotechnologies ( ALTI), up 12.7% and Aetrium Incorporated ( ATRM), up 10.5% , were all gainers within the electronics industry with Applied Materials ( AMAT) being today's featured electronics industry leader.

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