Apple Inc (AAPL): Today's Featured Computer Hardware Winner

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Apple ( AAPL) pushed the Computer Hardware industry higher today making it today's featured computer hardware winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 1.3%. By the end of trading, Apple rose $6.14 (1.2%) to $521.14 on light volume. Throughout the day, 9,257,057 shares of Apple exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 12,458,900 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $513.67-$521.21 after having opened the day at $517.60 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $515.00. Other companies within the Computer Hardware industry that increased today were: OCZ Technology Group ( OCZ), up 14.3%, M/A-COM Technology Solutions Holdings ( MTSI), up 7.2%, Silicon Graphics International ( SGI), up 5.3% and Logitech International S.A ( LOGI), up 5.0%.

Apple Inc. and its wholly-owned subsidiaries design, manufacture, and market mobile communication and media devices, personal computers, and portable digital music players worldwide. Apple has a market cap of $467.5 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 13.1, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 2.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 31 analysts that rate Apple a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Apple 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, expanding profit margins and attractive valuation levels. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself.

On the negative front, voxeljet AG ADR ( VJET), down 13.8%, iGo ( IGOI), down 4.7%, Performance Technologies ( PTIX), down 2.3% and SMART Technologies ( SMT), down 2.2%.

For investors not wanting singular stock exposure, ETFs may be of interest. Investors who are bullish on the computer hardware industry could consider iShares Dow Jones US Technology ( IYW) while those bearish on the computer hardware industry could consider ProShares Ultra Short Semiconductor ( SSG).

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