First Solar Inc. (FSLR): Today's Featured Electronics Winner

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First Solar ( FSLR) pushed the Electronics industry higher today making it today's featured electronics winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.3%. By the end of trading, First Solar rose $1.18 (2.0%) to $60.80 on average volume. Throughout the day, 4,356,091 shares of First Solar exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5,311,000 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $59.12-$61.85 after having opened the day at $59.14 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $59.62. Other companies within the Electronics industry that increased today were: Plug Power ( PLUG), up 60.6%, Amtech Systems ( ASYS), up 7.1%, Himax Technologies ( HIMX), up 6.5% and Wells-Gardner Electronic ( WGA), up 5.9%.

First Solar, Inc. provides solar energy solutions. It operates in two segments, Components and Systems. The Components segment engages in the design, manufacture, and sale of solar modules that convert sunlight into electricity. First Solar has a market cap of $5.9 billion and is part of the technology sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 12.3, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 93.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 2 analysts that rate First Solar a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 9 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates First Solar as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and solid stock price performance. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the company's profit margins have been poor overall.

On the negative front, Methode Electronics ( MEI), down 10.5%, GigOptix ( GIG), down 10.3%, SL Industries ( SLI), down 7.0% and Netlist ( NLST), down 6.4% , were all laggards within the electronics industry with Applied Materials ( AMAT) being today's electronics industry laggard.

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

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