ASML Holding NV (ASML): Today's Featured Technology Laggard

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ASML ( ASML) pushed the Technology sector lower today making it today's featured Technology laggard. The sector as a whole closed the day up 0.1%. By the end of trading, ASML fell $2.30 (-2.5%) to $91.48 on average volume. Throughout the day, 839,516 shares of ASML exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,038,300 shares. The stock ranged in price between $90.95-$93.03 after having opened the day at $92.14 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $93.78. Other companies within the Technology sector that declined today were: OCZ Technology Group ( OCZ), down 20.2%, ARC Group Worldwide ( ARCW), down 11.6%, Methode Electronics ( MEI), down 10.5% and GigOptix ( GIG), down 10.3%.

ASML Holding NV engages in designing, manufacturing, marketing, and servicing semiconductor processing equipment used in the fabrication of integrated circuits or chips worldwide. ASML has a market cap of $41.6 billion and is part of the electronics industry. Shares are up 45.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 9 analysts that rate ASML a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates ASML 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, expanding profit margins and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat weak growth in earnings per share.

On the positive front, Plug Power ( PLUG), up 60.6%, Premiere Global Services ( PGI), up 11.4%, Textura ( TXTR), up 10.7% and Cbeyond ( CBEY), up 10.1% , were all gainers within the technology sector with Yahoo ( YHOO) being today's featured technology sector leader.

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